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unwearied care and tenderness, to check the progress of the disease, to save her life or alleviate her pain, was done, but it was too late. Her fair and graceful form was soon and sadly changed. Her parents stood over her hour after hour, in fearful suspense, as the current of her life slowly ebbed. At length the last glimmering ray of hope is extinguished. And who is it that in agony of soul now calls for the neglected Bible—remembering that Jesus once had said, “I am the resurrection and the life?" It is her mother! The closing scene approaches, and the ravings of delirium are heard
But we will not trespass on that hour of domestic anguish.
All that remained of Anica was placed in a leaden coffin, enclosed in a sarcophagus, and carried to a ship in which the bereaved and desolated parents embarked for their native country. A dreary voyage brought them to the land of her birth, and a messenger was despatched to a distant village to make preparations for the funeral rites.
It was late in the evening, and a storm was gathering, when the tolling of a bell, borne over the waters, gave signal that a barge, bearing the remains of Anica and a group of mourners, was approaching the shore, which was lined by persons whom sympathy had assembled, awaiting its reception.
They bore their “ treasure through the midnight gloom !”
A long procession followed, bearing lanterns which deepened the awful impressiveness of the solemnity—and while we stood by the cold damp grave performing the last sad offices, the moaning blasts of the night mingling with the suffocating sobs of the funeral circle, filled every heart with a deep consciousness of desolation. I thought, poor wretched parents ! Surely Eternity was too near, to have given so much to Time! My tears fell upon the clods that were thrown upon her coffin and when I turned from the sad scene, I said-Lovely Anica! How fitted mightest thou have been to adorn and bless a world in which thou hast only found a grave!
It was on this grave that the distracted mother was wasting her strength in loud lamentations, and spending, in vain regrets, that breath which should have been employed in prayer and instruction and entreaty, to save her daughter from the perdition of the ungodly. O that worldly mothers would look to the end of these things, and if they would have their daughters to become as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace, let them be led, in the days of childhood, to know and serve the God of Israel.
ADDRESSED TO ***** AND HIS WIFE, ON THEIR INTENDED DEPARTURE
FROM ENGLAND, TO RETURN TO THEIR MISSIONARY STATION IN THE
WHENE'ER from Christian friends you part,
their love your steps attend, And while you bear them in your heart, The Lord be with you to the end.
Friends part; they die and pass away ;
Friendship on earth is heavenly sweet;
DAPPLE AND HER FRIENDS.
Old Mr. Early, the schoolmaster, used to advise his scholars always to keep their eyes open when they went abroad; by which he meant that they should pay attention to every thing which fell in their way, during their walks and plays. He also told them to take special notice of those things in the natural world which could remind them of things in the spiritual world. “ If you have the Bible in your head and heart,” he would say, “ you can scarcely walk five steps without finding something which may be connected with what you have read."
If the sun rose while they were walking upon the hill, he would tell them how that sight should remind them of the Sun of Righteousness. The