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but see that you are carefully improving whatever opportunities the providence of God is laying before you. Take up your duties one by one as they open upon you, and you will find in them the best preparation for the more arduous ones that may lie beyond. And you must remember, too, my dear, that we feel differently at different periods of our lives. You are young now, and life looks very brilliant to you. When you are as old as I am, you will relinquish what you now value without a pang."
"Now that is just what I am afraid I never shall do," said Effie; "that is just what makes me fear I shall have a joyless old age. What can make amends for that spirit of enjoyment which comes to me now at all times, I know not why or wherefore, and which of course I must lose as I grow older?"
"Do not be afraid, my dear; leave all that in the hands of One who has said, 'Even to hoar hairs will I carry you.' Do you remember those beautiful lines of the poet which speak of his experience? and truly I can say they speak of mine:—
'That time is past,
The sun was sinking low on the horizon when the cousins rose to take leave. The afternoon had been one of great enjoyment to them both, but it had left upon their minds an impression of solemnity which, to Bffie at least, was a new sensation. The still beauty of the evening accorded well with the tranquil state of their feelings, and they walked home arm in arm in comparative silence. When they arrived, they found their aunt still absent, and Effie was glad to retire to her own room, to look over in solitude tho new treasures of thought which had that day been given into her keeping.
THE NEW CHURCH ON FAIRLEIGH GEEEN.
"In the elder days of art,
Builders wrought with greatest care
"Let us do our work as well,
A Few days after this, Ellen Lester and her sister went into the village to purchase a few little articles for their mother. They had also a private commission of their own to execute, for that dear mother's birthday was close at hand, and many were the little innocent subterfuges they had had recourse to, to hide from