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From thc Soulhern liosc.
Ono siimmor twtlight, two girlsyet in tho opon
ing hloom of lifo were resting on u suintner sent
by the border ot'a Soulhern River. Tlio fingers
of ono rostud botwcon tho eloscd lenves of n
lionU, wliilo tho glowof n co-Timunicnted tlionght
from its pnges dwoltonhor rbstrncted counte
nniiee, nmfihe olhcr wus pointing out tlio softcn
ing glorics of n westorn sky. An. artist might
bavo lingered near tlmt lovely ppot. Above and
nround wero sprcnd tlio bniiichcs of an onk,
from which tlio grcy mnss hung quic.ly in tlio
lmsli of naturo, sweeping thc greensward below ;
n gardcn rioh with flowers, lay neur in front of
tlio white walls of tlio family maiisioii; nn nin
phitheatro of woods cnclosed tho plautod fiolds,
lbrming a green ciirve in tlio distanoe, stopping
where tlie river hetiutifully elear, caine in with
iis graoeful flow at the foot of tho oak, ono Imgo
branch of wliich looked at itsown glossy lenves,
and grav diapcry mirrored in tho waters ; u
wiirrnly "tinted sky broke in bright fliokorings
throngli tlio lenves, nnd tinged the strenm, whilo
tlie birds of day flitteed to their nests with furc
well trains. The only other sonnds that intor
rupted tlio tilluess wero the plash of an oar,
nnd tlie distant horn or ehorus of ihc negroes.
'Look up, Isabel,' said the spenking girl, M'rotn
that book to this gloriotis sunset. It is worth a
thousand volumcs!'
Isabel Bhook her head gravcly, her downcnst
cvr-.s hent to the tnrf at her feot. At length sho
i tr 1 1 .)....
Slglied aiK'i saill, -uoutsili I'iiicn, mjiuiiiu uuijf
is peuding over tue which inakes me deaf and
ldind cven to theso oreat natural mnnifestationsof
Deitv. 1 beain to feel with a thrilling eonscioiis-
that I liave no rijiht tn Hnger over thesc
bim.iiph of inv earlv iovs. This book describes
the wnnts of thc henthen. the poor heatheii, who
when theij look at nature, noknowlodgo no ciea
ting hand ; und if tliey possess a friend dear to
ttiom n vnn aro to uio. Ellcn. know nothing of
tlmf wnrlil W herc such fiiendshii) shall be uiudo
Jirnrlitnr and uubrokon through eternal ycors.'
A snit iiiid solemn denth was in tho tones of
the speaker, and her full dark lids werc wet with
And can yon bc willing to think for a momnnt,'
said Ellen, 'of leaviug your well defined fireside
duties, your father, your niothcrand litile Rosalie,
fnr nn uneertaiu ei)bero ntnons the hoathun?'
'TliPie is nolliingijneertain in the ftlissionary's
path,' exelaimed the enthtisiast, as sne rosc and
clnsped her haiids with an onward gesturo.
Every stcp he takes is lieavejiward ; every sor
row he eiidiires arids a goin to his iinmorial
crown. Ves, dear garden, wliere my childhood'ti
foot hns trcd, skies that havo so long looked
down npon ine, hinls which havesiing nio songs
from year to year, fatlicr, niother, sibter faro
well ! A prophetio hopo of good is upon me.
I mupt go.'
'With which of these handsomo sttidents are
yon ahnut to partakc tho crown martyidoni ?'
paid Ellen, archly, yet trying to supprcss the smile
.on her li s.
With Ilcnry Clnyborne, as his wcdded wife,'
sr.id Isabel, with digniiy, scarcely u blush tingiog
the delicato Ime of lier.check.
Ellen tiirned deadly pale a rushas of sudden
windsFounded through herbrain ; hut reeovering
instimtly, sho stooped to caross a tanio fawn
which was browsing at her side. Wc will not
penntrnte the secrets of that young heait in lono
liness, bnt too bappy if it oan sufler unseen.
Isabel, absorbed in tiic contemplation of bei own
lofiy mi oses, did not observe the agitation of
her cons'm. Tbeeo almost masciiliiie pnrposes
helonged to n yoong and seeiirmly liagile being;
luit it is wondtirful how feminiiio entliusiasm
, bears up the frail and dclicaie, whcre sot'iningly
stronger spirits fiiil. Ono who noted Isabel's
sliglit figure, and looked into the soft depihs ol
lier eyes, and heanl her geiitlo voice, wonld
iiever liave dreamed that sho could voluntarily
leave the feathered nest of her ohililliood for ll,e
dangersof the ocean, and llie hanlships of an In
dian cxile ; hut siich liave notstutlied tlie prompt
ings of human will, coupled with strong religious
That evening Ilenry Clnyborne cnmo to hoar
iis final sentenee ; he felt wbat it would he, for
Lsibel's toiicbing wclcoine told inore tlian words.
It was not the dovvn east blush of coimnon ae-
.ceptiince, hut the frank determined glowof'a holy
'This kindness ougurs well for me,' ho said,
fondly, as iie bcld hcr confidiug Iiuik.I, 'but I liave
como resolvcd not take advautagc of it. liettcr,
dearest, is it for me to brave this wild path alone.
1 hiave no inother who nursed my cliililhood to.
weop over my abseiice, no father to sib for ut-
tentions he iiist be'Miis to rcahze, no little sister
whose opening triind 1 ought to moulil. lieside,
1 ani a mnn,'nnd can ti.ead through dangers wbere
your softer spirit woulil droop. I could not bear,
iovc, to sec this white hrow, biiruing beneath
thoso sultry skies; I could not bear that tlio.se
tcn:ler (eet slinuld fail in tho wildernuss, nor that
your iutellec.tual powers and afTectionate heart
sbould Imguish for sympathy. Jie my bride, and
yith that claiin upon you I shall depnrt hraced
for danger, liut I mtist go alone. iIy dreams
were terrific last night, and when I awpke, tho
glow of tho missionary waslost in tho tremour
of the lover. you must remain, my Isabel.'
. 'You havobeen tcmpted, Henry,'said tlie brave
girl, cnressing thc hand sho held. God has witlj
drawn his countenance from you, or you would
or tolk this. My parents will shortly foel u holy
pndo in their bold missionary girl, as fiiend after
friend gathers ronnd with religious sytnpatby.
Besidc, Flenry, who shall thiuk of such tics,
when God cnlls? We must trcad tho wavos at
tlie voice of Jesns. His voice is near, I bear it
noyv. Help, Father, help, jor, we perish,' sho ex
claimed, and her fiice glowed liko an am'elV, as
6he sank on her knees witii clasped hands and
prayerftil oyes. Shall we sink, whilo ho is by ?
I-ook on thy servants in this hour of need, the
storm of teinptntion is near, the hillows ruge, piit
forth the hand and savo.'
Ilcnry knelt hesirlo her; he caughf the soaring
ciuhtisiasm of his protnised bride, his voioo was
ot heard, hut his lips inoved. In thoso mo
rnentsof stillness a sublimo eelf dedication had
uecn made. They both rose. Vye go together,'
e whispered, and folded her to his heart.
'busy preparations for :ho bridal I
and vdago. Roligion, lovo, friendslnp, wnrc
iietive, and evnn strangers as thoy heard tbestory
of ilio sell immolation of tho young and bBiuiti
f.il girl, sent in their tstinionialH of iniere.st.
Whun friends entered and hestowed thuirpart
iiv kiss on her sister, Uosalio's Spretty cyes filled
wfthtoars; but tho gifis, tho huatle, and novelty
of preparation soon dried them np again. A
(loulning east of caro was oil tho father s hrow,
but ho badoGod speed and blest liisclnld. lMlen
went mechanically through her dtities. If sho
was saihler and paler tlu.n hnr wont, was it not
for Isabel, her dear friend and cousin? And
how fared it with tho mpthor of tho young exile?
She busieil hcrsclf, for s.ho darod not to be
idle. Sho eheckcd the strtiggling sigh, and wiped
off the the gathoring tear, and her short rjitr.iila
tory praycr for palieueo and suhitiission went up
when nonc could bear. Tinio sped, (howsoon
heflieswith moments connted by parting fiiends!)
and the bridal was to take pluco on the inoirow,
the departure tho suc.ceeding day. Ouo by ono
the family rotired, the inother last, for a troubled
and restless emotion niade her wakoful. Asshe
sat alone, the ticking of the timepieco eeeiried
almost slirill to her oxcited ear. Sho recalled the
childish joy ol Isabel, when, raised to that old
clock, shd clasped her hands at tho rovolving
uioon, whose l ouud faco looked upon her ; thero
was the little chair, now RosalieV, in which Isa
bel had soiight ainbitioiisly, hut in vain, to rest
her dimpled leot on tho floor. That room could
almost tcll her history. Thoro was the framed
and faded sanipler, mocked by tho changing
fasbions of tho day ; tho moro clahorato and
tasteful decorations of tho pencil ; tho piano
fnrte, wliich had soothcd nnd brighteiied ,her
varying hours. Was it possihlu that thoso dear
hands should tounh its chords no moro for years,
perhaps for evcr? There was tho work-box, the
quiet but precious instrmnent over which a wo
man's heart pours out its homo emotions in most
nnconscious frecdoin. Sho opened it with a
trembling hand. IIow tnsteful, how judiciotis !
Character was visible in all its combiiiatioiis ; it
spoke ofeconomy, just arraiigeirientaud fancy,
whilo little touclies of the affctions peeped forth
from its niany com)nrtnients. As she gazeil on
iheso things tears gusbeil forth, and sho heard
not Isahol'd light footstcp, until her arms wero
thrown arotuid her.
'1 would that you had not witnossed these
emotions,' said her mother, almost ooldly. 'You
havo choscn your path, and leavo me to go down
coldly to niine. Strangers aro to occupy the
heart which I havo trained for eigbteen years.
But go. Console yourself as you will, miduighl
and tears aro my portion.'
Isabel clung to her mother hesecehingly, the
lofty look of heroism almost drivcu from her
brow. 'Alothor, your parents dotcd on yon,' sho
said falteringly, 'as you on me, yet you lclt their
arms for an eanlily love. How inuch greater is
llie duty that calls me from you ! to give salvation
to the lost, lifo to tho dying. Oh moiher,' she
continued, grasping her hand with kindling oyo
and soleuin gestures, 'should I die in this enler
prise, go holdly to tho court of lii'aven and ask
for your child. How proud will be your joy to
sce tho weak and humlile girl you nurttired in
vour bosom. siurouiiileil bv the white-robed
souls she has resc.iied through Lhnst's niercy,
perclianco leading their liyuins in heaven, as she
hasdoneon eaiib? Oh, mother, will they not
greetyou on earth witii a no.vsong of joy, 'Wol
come thou whose child has opened unto us the
book of lifo r'
The mother was ovvcd, 6ilenned. Sho took
the dear enduisinst to her arms, stroked the iall-
ing bair from per glisteiung eyes, auil pressmg
ilmt soft chcek to her bosom said. 4I will resi-'ii
thee, beloved, God's will be done.'
Tho bridal was over, tlio fcw guests had goue,
and silence settlud on that little group so soou
to ho severed hy rolling seas. Isabel touched a
lew chords on her piuno-forte. Atlirst hcr hand
irjinbled, and Rosalie who stood by lookin
wisifully, wiped hersister's clmek witii her little
handkerchiei. Griiduallv her fingers becaine
fiini as her thoughts possessed tbeinsulvesof her
'icat mission. and her voice lull and doep as in
her freoest moments, whilo sho sang to tho tuno
of tho Uride's Farewell,' the touching verses of u
Soulhern poetess.
Farcwcll, Mother Josus calls mo
Fariuvay froai liomoaiul llioo;
Eartlily lovo no moro ontliralls mq,
Whon n blecding Cross I suo.
Furevvcll, Mothor do not paia me
By lliino aconizing woo.
Thoso fond arms uamiot detain me,
Dcnrost Mothor I must go.
Farovvoll, Father Oh t how tonder
Aro tlio Riirds tliut binil mii liuro ;
Jcsus ! holp mo to surrondor
All I lovo, vvitliout a toiir.
No my Suviour! vvert thou toarlcss,
Leaning o'or tlio buriud duad.
At lliis hour, so sad and clioorlcss,
Shall not buraing tours bo shud. . '
Farowoll, Sistor do ao$ prcss mo
To thy young and tbrobbnig huart;
Ohl uo lotiger now distruss mo,
Sistor Sistor wc must part.
Farewell palo and silotit Brotber
How I grinvo to pain thoo so:
Futbcr Mother Sistor lirotlior
Jesus calls OU ! let mo go !
Evory heart was throbhing, every eye gushing
with tears except that of tho rapt singer, who sat
with upward lnoks liko ahird preparing to wing
its homeward way to warmer skies.
Rosalie had been cradled iu her arms forthree
years ; that night was her first banishmeut, and
the child had sobbed herself to slecp in tho lit
tle erib assi'Micd to her hv hcr inother'd bedsido
Isabel sought the slumberer alone, for the first
timo overpowercd by rogrets stronger than relig
ious duty. Sho looked ihe door and trod lighily
to tho bedsido. Tho little sleeper's faco hatl ro
sumed its tranquility, but thero was a deeper
flush than tisualon hor'rounded oheek, and as
Isabel put softly asidc the eiilanglcd liair on tho
pillow ,she fuund it wet with tearrf. Long and
earnest and loving was the gaze ot tho Mission
ary's brido, nnd as sho looked, tho chestoftho
child stirred with a nrolomred und trembling sob
liketbn liG;ivinnfn billow when the ulo hllST
diedaway. Isabel disongagidoue of those moist
cuils, severed it from its luxuriant cotnpanions, &
pluced it in her bosotn prcssed her hand a mo-
mcnt an her own throbhing hoart. ThoKtrugglc
pnssed away, and kneuling hy tho bedsido, sho
whispered a prayer.
1 God and Father ol innorcnec' sho said, asl
lovo tho soul of this little child, so niny I lovo
tho soul of tho hcnighted ones who aro in the
darkness of healheiiisin. Let mo orush every
lovo wliich would draw mo uway from my high
Shorose from her kneos tearless 'in tho might
of holy icsolution, and bonding over tho little
girl, kissed her hands and lorehead; ihen lookiug
npwards said agaiu, 'God bless thee' young angel,
aud teach metosave kindred souk'
A low kuock ut tho door nnd a tendor vpico
aroused hcr, und with a light trcad sho left the
room. the voyaoi:.
Thc 3'oung briilo at sea ! Who has not eeeu
her gnsh ol'parting' sorrow tlried slowly oway, as
ono for wliom i;lie haJ left all, slaiuls near to
comfort her! And she is co.mforted. The long,
log day, listless to otherrf is fuli of ihouglit to her
for lic watchts her steps, her smile, her sigh
his ftiture and ' hers aro ono. Sho lov':s to sce
tho sunlit waves, (hu evening stnrs with him,
and tho htorm loses its dreadf'tiltiess, for sho m
clasped in his arms through tho tumiilt .Young,
conliding hrido, be it over thiH even on tho o
ceanoflife! JMay thy triin ship trcad well (ho
waters , tho sky of hoaven bo bright abovo thee,
iho wiuds waft thee knully on, aud he who
holds tho hehn bc truc !
It was sweet to bear thc liyuins that roso from
timo to time, from tho young misiuiiuries, in the
holy joy of their souls. Isabel's voice kindled
in rapt deligbt, until tho roughest sailor paiiMal
and cnught tho religious glow.
Thore was little to try tho fortitudo of the Mis
sionariesin :he voyage, which was niarkud by
the comuion incidents of soalife, until they enter
ed tho liuy of Heugal. The day provious had
been cifipressivc ; thero was a stagnaiion in the
air as if its circulation had bcu suddenly sus
pendod, and on tho following nioiuing, tho ex
perieucod comninndcr rcefed his sail?, tliough
thc winds as yet but threateued in light gusls.
A yellow hazo loomed athwart tho sun which
was strnugely reflecling in tho gurgliiig waters ;
ihis aspect continued through the inorning.
Ilcnry aud Isabel observod u chango in tho
countenanco of seamen, which they could scarce
ly thiuk was auihorizei! I)' tho appearance of
the beavens, for thoui!h untisual, thore waaiioth-
ing terrific in tho brazen hue oftlm clouds but
as thev continued to gtizo, there was a mistery
iu the snlluess as if the foot of the Eternal uiiidit
bo treading on his wonderfid watory creation.
After a few hours n steady gale couiuionced, gi
gatitic clouds roled liko troubled spirils tliroii''h
tln air, as they strode low liko seeming inonsters
abovo and arotuid. Isabel shrauk uearor to her
husband. At twiliglit tho liiinicaue began
aud iho chafcd ship, liko a liviug thing, now
sank as in despiiir,now lea)t over tho swellhig hil
lows. Tho IMissionaries summoncd tho strcngth of
theirsouls and awaited in silence God's will. It
was a night of fearful an.viety ; no one slept but
Isabel, who leaning on her hushand's arm drea
med sweeily of her oitkcn seal hesitlo tho river,
siartled only when tbeCaptjin's voice spoko in
tho deep tones of the truinpet und ovortopped
the galo.
Suddenly a heavy sea struck tho ship astern
and tho waters riisheil iu tho cabiu. Tlie shock
was tromenilous. Ilcnry bore his dripping
chargo in his arms to tho Caplain's cabiu. Sho
wasipiitc insensible, her loosened h;ur foll abuut
hor iu wet masses, her lips wero bltie iinil her
whole frame rigid. Ilcnry chafcd horcohl hands
wrung tho damp from bei bair, and gavo bcrres-
loraiives. Shb opeucd her cyes at longtli, spoke
his nauie, and laid her head on his shouldcr liko
a glad child.
'We will dio together,' whispered she 'and
though wo aro not God's favored iiistruiiiunts,
he will carry on his good work hy other hands.'
Aud now the uproar ou deck bmimc dreadful
tcrrflic ; hnge hillows huist over tho bows
of the ohip, writl-iing, and sponiing, und glit
teriug with phosplioric light, whilo tho ligbtuing
darted over tho ocean. Tho Captaiu lost his as
sunied cahnness, und the wild oaths sounded a
inid iho storm liko theshouts of a deinon. Isa
bel shnddered at tlie iinpiety whicji could thtis
brave heaven, wlion seemingly so near its final
judgmcnt. At lliifc period the vcssel was inert
and pnwerless, diif'tiug liko a disabled swan on
the waters. Isabel sat, her hands clasped in ileu
ry's, her eyes upturued and her lips inoving as
if iu prayer. At length tho welcorne souiid of
reliid'was heard, the vessol righted,an(l tho waves
rushed liko released prisoners from tho deck.
Tho morniiig rose in heanty, and soon thc
lines of green so dear to tho landsniun's eye o
pened on tho viow.
' Is your heart still strong beloved ?' said Ilcn
ry, as be pointed lo tho distant shore. Are thero
no yoarnings for friends aud homo?'
Isabel smiled aud prcssed the hand of her
husband. 'Tho Lord has not prcserved mo
from a watory gravo, that I should bear u fal
te;ring heart. I fcel strong iu his urm ; lct
him lcad mo where hu willeth, so I can aid his
Isahel'.s oinotionsasshe neared the shorcs of
Hindoston were almost dreamlike, and she asked
herself, as ohjects of strangc novelty niot hcr cyo,
'Whal atn I who liave venturcd thus? An at
oin amid the occon ; but thoLord caroth oven
for the sparrow.'
Tho new perfumo from tho flowers was aniong
the first things that told her of herdistance from
'I havo to romember. she said to Ilonrv 'that
the same God socnred theso rich blossoms, who
gave tho odor to niy gardcn roso ; let mo not for
get that he too is the God of the heathon as well
as Cbristian souls.'
riioy were touched with tho nicturesnno beau-
ty of ihescone as they sailed ii) oneof the mouthp
of iho Gangus. Uindoo cottages in iho form of
liny stacUs, without chimnies or windows, clus-
lered beneath luxuriant trecs, contrhsted iu their
rmteness liy tho more elahorato pagoilas. YViuo
fieJds of rice and nrass',of oxuuisito verdure wero
spread around, while herds of cattlo feil on tho
uaiiKs ot the nvor. But a glance at the inhani
tants coucentnited tho thoughts of thc Missiona
ries, and fixed thom on the worth of human
souls. They were willing, in tho dovotion of
tlieiv leolings, to cnter ono of those hovels and
begin the works of salvation. Uut new ohjects
arrcsted their atteution, as they journicd to the
soat of tho rjiisssion. A bridegroom ahout ton
years ofagOjWas carried in a piilankeon crowded
with flowers, ibllowcd by procession wtth musi
cal iiistruments. Tears stariod in Isabel's nyes
asthey following this idle pugeant, at.tho thought
of tho rational and simplo rites nf her own' bo
trothal. Tho ncxt object that ealled prayer deep from.
tho souls of tho strangers was the worship of
Jiiggcrnaut, the misorably paiutod wooden idol
beforo which immenso niuliitndcs asseiuhled
w'lh ovcrwhehning shouts. Ilonrv aud Isabel
east down their cyes at the sacrilege, and re
uieinbered tho simplo church at home; where
spintnal prayers wero t.he choisest giftto heaven.
Their ciiriosity was attrncted by a rude kind
of basket, stispeuding from a treo. On looking"
wilhin they discovered tho panially devouied
remains of a little child. Isabel shuddcred, and
thought of iho happy home of her childhood,and
Rosalie pillowed on her mothcr's bosom.
But tho most horrihlo sceno to Isabel in this
momorahle joprney, and ono wliich Hunry would
willingly havo spared her, was the sacrifice of a
womnn to the manes of her husband. In vaiu
tho missionarii's tried to move away from that
harrowing Bcone, thero wns a spell. a fascination
ovl'H iu its terrors, that chained thom to tho spot,
nnd Isa''cl sirk at heart, wiih stariing oyes and
panling chO.st, looked on. 'A gravo was dug near
tho river, large 'nid def ), and aftor a fow inititi
tory rites as iinintel.'gihlo as they wero fantastical,
iho wiilow took n lormii.1 leave of her friends and
deseonded into tho chainbef of death. It may
bo that she was siupified with opium, for there
was a mechanical insensibiliiy ahout her that
seomed scarcely human. As sooit as she
ruached the hottom of tho pit, to which s.'ie de
seonded by a rude ladder. she was left alone M'itb
i... t i.. ..c i i i i : i.:t...
lin; inm i)i nui iiiiMiiiiin, in ii rtjvuniiif; nuin. ui
doeay. which sho cmbraced and clasped to her
bosom, and ibeugavc ihosigiial for the last act of
tlu.s sliocking sceno to coiunicnce. J he earth
was delibcrately thrown upon her, whilo two
pcrsons descendcd into thc gravo and trampled
it tightly ronnd tho sclf-dovoted sacrifant. Dur
iug this tardy and terriblti process, the dootned
womun sat an unconcerncd spectator, occasiou
ally caressing tho corpse, nnd looking wiih au
exprcssiou of almost subhmo uiumpb as tho earth
cmbraced her body. Tho hands nf her own
childrcu aided iu this terriblo rito, heaping arouud
hcr lliocold dust to which sho was so soon to be
ifasolvod. At length all hut her head was cover
ed, when the pit was lnirriedly covered in, and
her nearest relatives dancod over the inhumed
body with frantio gestures of extaoy or niad
nehs.' Refore tho tcrmination of this sceno, Isabel,
who had liugercd wiih inl'atuated intercst, fainted.
On reeovering sho said to Ilenry, 'Assist mo, my
In shaud, to hate this act moro than I do. Agaiu
aud again, 1 thought I could bear to dio thus with
you, ralher than livo without you. Will God
forgivo my idolatry !'
At length iho young Missionanes reactied thoir
home. Ilomo ? Aud was this iho abode of tho
delicato Isabel? The late iumatcs had dicd of
iho fever of tho climntc. and uo kind hand had
arrannod the few relics that rcmaincd. The
dwelling consistcd of two rooms, mado of bam
boo nnd thatch, with doors oppositc onch other;
an air of desolaiion inevailud eveiy where
fround. Day after day Isabel lahored with thoso
fair hands so umiscd to toil, unlil an air of com
fort wrought its charm around hcr; then her love
of tho beautiful broko forth ; sho trained tho
native shrubbery around ihe dwelling, and plnnt
ed a spot on which her hushand's eye niigln
gratelully repose as he sat at his daily studios;
but alas bnnger, nnd heat, and debility ofien
took from her tho power of moro than neccssary
cffort. Nothing is more wcaring toau ardent Mis"
siouary, who lias sacrificed every thing for spiril
uctl good, than to fiinl himself tramnielled ilowu"
lo tho physical wants of lifo. Isabel felt this
prcssurc a trial almost more than sho could bear,
and it was a day of prayorfid thanksgiving for
lusr, when sho was permitted by tho eniploymeiu
of other hands in memal occuatiou, lo aid htr
husband in tcaching. Uis lahors wero lighteued
by hcr active sjiirii, iintl it was a blessing to hcr
soul to toil with him, to listen toliiseame.it voice
as he preached ofsalvation. And oh how beau
tiful bc was to her, as bc stood with earnest eyes
nnd gestures breoking thc bread of lifo to tho he
uightod sonls around him ; and then, when eve
ning caine, they ooujd sit by their gardcn, and talk
of distant Auicrica. Were they happy ? Troub
led thoughts and forebodings soiuetimes shot
through their miuds like au icc-bolt, for dcath
might como aud sunder tnetn ; convcrsions werc
slow ; hrutish igrouanco oringenious skepticism
hafllecl their dearest hopes; tho secd which they
planted seemed strowed on stony hearts, butstill
their hearts wero fii ni :
strong prayer went up
daily, hourly from tho
templo ot their heart,
tliough all oihers werocloiied agauist thom ; faith
looked with hor bright, keen glanco bcyond
tho present hour, and showed thom precious
souls rodeomed by their to ils.
In tho m'nist of these emotions, Ilenry was
seized wiih tlio fever of tho elitnato. Poor Isa
bel left all for him. Night aud day sho beiu over
his pillow, nnd forgot that it was wrong to n-al-ize
an earthly forui : all memory, all hopo wero
lost in the present thought of his possible death.
He recovered. IIow sweet it was to present him
tho first fruits from their little garden, to briug
him ono hy ono his manuscrips aud books to seo
tho faiut glow of health kiiKllo on his chcek, to
aid his falteringsteps, to feel thecool hand which
hal so latcly burued and throbbed beneath hcr
own toucli ! Isabel sat at his feet, aud looked
and looked, until tears started to her eyes for lovo
and joy. death.
Ono evening Ilenry was suminniio to his
wilb's apartuient, She had given birth to a hoy
Tho little one lived hut toroceive a father's first
and last blessing, beforo his perfect featurcs set
tled to repose. And Isabel was.doparting tuo ;
the lovitig eyo grew dim, the sweet voico low.
Tho hoy was brought to her, liis yoimg eyes
closed, tho discolenl lips whe.ro the dark tonch
of death first appeared bouiid lip, and his little
hands tho exact paternof his mothcr's crossed
on his cold breast. She pressed him feebly iu
her dying nrms, raised ono meek glance to heav
en, then fi.xed it on Ilenry who stood statno
like beforo her. That look recallsd his flitting
sen.-iesand kneeling by tho bedsido ho threw
his arms around her, and bout his faco to hers.
'Gbd calls for you Isabel,' sho whispered.
Send for Ellen, tnarry her, Cease not to labor
for the porisiing heathen.' A sliglit convulsion
passed over (ior fac.o and tlio lovely spirit waa
Ilenry wcpl not, his soul seemed darkcnedto
stone ; ho placed thc bnbe in his mothcr's arms,
and it wus a strqngo ploasnro to lay thut litt'lo'
hand on her1losqm, and twine their cold hnndg
together. Night cauio, his attendants loft him n-'
lono; the hreezo thit swep.t through tho open doors
vaved tho whitp gnrment of tho dead. Henry
started I a burst of"woi),a loneliness most dredr
nnd dreadful, fanio over him; he wrung his hands,
he travcrsed the fjoor wiih groans of unutterahkV
despair, ho benl over those palo forms witii
cleindied hands, VIint was life, what was duty
tohim? Uo must troiid tho world alone, tho
silence was unsiipporiahU. Ile shonted oloud,
'Isabel! Isabel! speak. Speak, my hoy, utter
a smmd, ono human cry. Oh, death! deaih !'
Tho wretchcd man tluow-hinisolf on tho floor,
and wept aloud. From tears followed prayers.'
The spirit of God decended, and wrapped him
in his. fohling wings, and he gnnvcalm.
Morni ng canie; he was iranquil . Ilo laid liis
beloved at the foot of thc gardcn beneath tho treo'
sho loved, tho baby in her arius, and left her.
there ; but when evening drew nigh, and tho
night odors breathcd ahroad, he sought thc spot.
It was a terriblejoy to be thore, helaid his faco
lo the sod, and listenoil as if hcr voice might nn
swcr, and the breathiiisof her heart respond
to his own. He struggled for prayer, but lus
lips were parcheil, and tlio words died away
Ile felt as if an invful teinptntion were on him,
as if God had forsakon him ; he lay gasping for
breath ; dim and dreary shadows flitted about
him, wailiugs as of new born infiinls passed
through ihe air, niingleil with grtigling denth
moans ; ho touched cold forms and they olaspod
him with chill c.latterinrs. Ilo was fotiud iu
tfto inorning in high duliriurn.
Ilcnry rcrovcrcd, and retiirned to liis dntics, hat
a deop cloud nf s.adncss invoHiod liis soul; lonoli
ucss iis of a dcfcrt wm nroundjliiin; ifipro was light,
liut no warinth in his cxistcnce. As ho sat onoevo
ning in his desnlato abudc, a Iu;on rusli of mmnory
like sudden winds cnmo by liini, and lio fanciod ho
heard a vnice saying, "Be not alnno, send for Ellen,
marry hor." Iloniartrtd; hudrovotfio thought a
way liko a cuiliy tliing Itcamo agnjn nnd again;
it cbing lo hiin in tho uiidst of duty, in silence, iri
praynr; tlio wiiwU wliispoid it; it roso'in dreams.
llo'ccasod to visit tho gravo of Isabel, young flow
ors wero springing tboio nnd bo know it not. im
palsu riponod to rosohition. Ile wroto to Ellcn, ho
told hor ol hor friijnd's dving roqiiestj he mado baro,
tlie sorrows nnd wnntn of liis lnjronvcd hoart, and
lio ankrd if sio would ho tho tninistcring angel to
jica iis wounds. ilo propiisod to chcrish and lovo
lier, pnd tliough a cloud would shadow their meai
oiies, it wonld ho tingod b- tho liopo of niding each
olhcr in tlio groat caiiso ofrcsciiing souls from death.'
llomy's frpine of irind for sonio timo after send
ing this letter wns calm. If his proposal was ac
ci'ptod tlio nnswor would ho in pcison, as an immo
diatu opporlunity olfurod for Ellen's dcpurturc. But
as tho timo diow near for hor arrivaf, ho becamq
nervous and doprcsscd; ho xo-arrangcd and romov
cd nvnry olijoot thnt directly rnmindcd him of Isa
bel. Ile novcr glnncod at hcr gravo, tho shrubs
;row wildly on iis rank soil, and tho turf was green.
Timo fluwso r.ipidly, that Uun'ry sometimcs caught
his brenth at tho nrarness of his" late. Ho lnbo(red
in every possiblo sliapo; ihore was a rapidity in his
step aud oyo, thnt sliowcd a hnrried mind; Iie slopt
little, nnd "tho meanost rnmpaninn wn? moro wol
como tlinn soliindo Did hu wish Ellen to come?
Sho nrrivod; iho cnnflict hotweon varying fool
ings nnd motivos had almost ront lier frnmo, butsho
camo, slirinking, sonfitivo, and loving. Trombling
to bor hoart's ery coro, slio oxtetided hcr linnd to
Ilenry; ho shmrik n from n bnsilisk, nnd uttering
a lond, doep cry of Iinrror nnd disgust, eank on a
chair nnd wupt. Ellcn, dooply aficoted hersolf,
scnrcoly oomprohendod tlie naturo of her feolings;
sho was too willing t weop for tho lost nnd gentld
Isnbel. Ilonry roused himself, but thero was a
strnnse nnd hurrying tono of inannor thnt ngitatod
tho embnrrnssnd girl. Hc urgod thn'r immcdinto
mnrringo, as his honso was thoir only residonco, and
thnt nveninp sho bucainc his hrido.
A your. just a yeur thnt night Isabel had died.
What iinngo linnntcd tho new bridegroom? Not
that of tho advoiituroiis girl, whn had liravod oyery
thing, cven roputation for him; no, tho cold palo
lorni of Isabel wns hoforo him, nnd as ho clanccd
at tho npnrtmpnt whoro tho evening brcozo had
stirrod hcr sbroud,ho shrank from entcring,and in
sload ofthe bridal nhnmborho sought her Rravc,
Hour nfior hour passod awny;a nowala'rm fdled tho
bronst of poor Ellon a straogor aad nlono. Sho
drew bnck the curtain of'hor window, tho air yaa
snltry, and boro liuavily tho odor of night blossoms
on its wing. Sho loancd from tho casnmont: tho
blossoms looked silvury soft in tho mooa's raya.
Her fonrs giisbod forth, for sho folt forsakon and
sho know that tlm world would point to hor n do
rision. Sho heard a nionn, dcnp, wihl and pifeous,
liko thnt with whioh Ilenry had grcctod her, whon
dle hnd sought him with lovu's truo coilfidonce.
Ohjhenvou! wnsthis tho mnuting on which her
thoughts hnd dwolt with such droams of hopo ant
tondi'rness? Why had sho fancied thnt his nrm9
would havo onfoldiid"'and sapported hor? Hcr brain"
grow dizzy, and sho lonnod once more from tho win
dow, Again that" groaniii!; fhriok niet her ear,
moro wild and fearful than boforo, and straininc her
sightin tho rninoto part of the g.irdon, sho saw Hon
ry, wiih frantio gesticulntions, cmbracing a grassy
mound. Tho trnth fbishod' upon her, ho had
sought tho gravo ot tsuliel rather than hor nrms.
De.snlnto and brikou'horirted, sho swoonod away.
Tho morning nrowsnd her lo iniscry. He'nry'a
raving in tho duliriurn of a fover, now cailing on
Isnbel and Irts iiny,'ttfd now sl.rinkiri asfroin soino
dciuoninc visiod ho darod not nnino. A fow days
pnssnd awny, nf.d grr,;dnally and liumbly pcorElicu
introducod hersolf into hisapartrnont, hor eyos down
cnst, hor voir.o'Sji'xvhrspors, and purfbrmeil tho geri
tlo otTices'of wqmiin's lovo. Bv and by tho suflor
or bcgnn to catj hcr 'Isnbel, and stroko hor'hnnd
fmdly ns it h:y by hi? sido, whilo with tho otbor sho
siriootlied tho'qntr.riglcd hnir on his bumiug foro
hond. Ile list'en'p'd ns Ellon '(alked c.fl8abel nnd
showfcd him hor'picttiro, tjio gift of cnrly friondship;
bo took tho gathercd' 'fl-wrrs' vvh'in sho told him
rhoy wero frosliri Isabel's gTiivn; sho snng hirri
the bymns they hnd once sung together, in soft ricli
tones liko Isa'bel's and kneeling hy tho bodsidi
praved thnt hor pnro spirit might jnok down and
bless thom. TIiu striigle nf rotison was awful nnd
myntcrious, and smno timo Ellen's hoart failod with
in li(?r, nnd a sicknMs liku duath camo ovor hor
soul; tjmn would sho go to Isnhcl's gravo, and pray".
Tho s'ofl brcozo rovived hcr, and as it played amid
hor rurls, sho looked liko tho cpirit of hopo nnd
tGridorne.is. and trod bnck with a lightcr stop to that
sconco of darkness nnd caro.
One dny as sho rcad, and thought Ilonry "slopt,
lio was gaziiig upon hor, nnd picsently ho spoko
hor nnmi) Wns it a druain? Ellun claspod hei
liauils in enger hopo.
'Ellon,' hc said, stdtly nnd tonderly. 'Ellen, my
wife!' 3

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