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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,
And all its aching joys are now no more,
And all its dizzy raptures. Not for this
Faint I, nor mourn, nor murmur: other gifts
Have followed, for such loss, I would believe,
Abundant recompense. For I have learned
To look on Nature, not as in the hour
Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes
The still, sad music of humanity,
Nor harsh, nor grating, though of ample power
To chasten and subdue. And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean, and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man.'"

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.




"In the elder days of art,

Builders wrought with greatest care
Eac4i minute and unseen part;
For the gods are everywhere.

"Let us do our work as well,
Both the unseen and the seen;
Make the house where gods may dwell,
Beautiful, entire, and clean."


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

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