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"Show thou me the way that I should walk in !' I am the way/ John xiv. 6; 'Come, follow me,' Luke xviii. 22,
"Laid, my cross is so heavy to bear, I can hardly endure it I 'My grace is sufficient foi thee, my strength is made perfect in weakness,' 2 Cor. xii. 9.
"Why am I thus sorely tried? 'As many as I love I rebuke and chasten/ Kev. iii. 19; 'This is all the fruit, to take away thy sin,' Isa. xxvii. 9.
"If I die what will become of my children ?' Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive/ Jer. xlix. 11; 'Be careful for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known unto God/ Phil. iv. 6.
"I pray and pray again, but it seems as though God did not hear my prayer. 'Though He tarry, wait for Him; because He will surely come, He will not tarry/ Hab. ii. 3; 'If we ask anything according to his will, He heareth us/ 1 John v. 14; 'If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it,' John xiv. 14.
"I am full of fears and disquietudes, and no one understands or can sympathize with me. 'I, even I, am He that comforteth you/ Isa. Hi. 12; 'As one whom his mother comforteth so will I comfort you/ Isa. lxvi. 13; 'We have not an High Priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities,' Heb. iv. 15.
"The thought of death and the grave fills me with fear!' I will ransom my people from the power of the grave. I will redeem them from death/ Hos. xiii. 14.
"And when I stand before the judgment seat, Lord, ivilt Thou be near ?' Hearken unto me, my people; my righteousness is near,' Isa. li. 4, 5; 'Every tongue that shall rise against Thee in judgment shalt Thou condemn/ Isa. liv. 17.
"Oh, my God, how good Thou art! Teach me to love Thee more! 'Thou shalt call me my Father, and shalfc not turn away from me/ Jcr. iii. 19.
"When wilt Thou call me home to Thee? 'Behold, I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus,' Eev. xxii. 20.
1 Oh, Lady! we receive but what we give,
Helen had scarcely finished when she heard the carriage coming up the avenue, and in a few minutes Effie came running into her room. "Well, Helen, here I am again; it has not been so bad after all. And I have news to tell you—quite interesting news. We have been to the Thorntons, and they are all in such a state of excitement; Mrs. Thornton is expected home."
"Indeed! oh, I am so glad!"
"And so am I; though I am quite astonished at myself for caring about it as I do. But in this quiet life every little thing becomes of importance, I suppose; and, besides, the children's pleasure was quite infectious. But, Helen, what a turbulent temper Maria seems to have. I should think her grandmother must find it a hard task to rule her."
"I believe she does, but I dare say her mother will understand her better. When does she come?"
"I don't know; in about a month, I think."
But Eflie's further conversation was stopped by the entrance of Mrs. Herbert's maid, who came to request Helen's attendance in the drawing-room.