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Now, then, my soul awake! If this bo so,
Sure there is work appointed unto thee!

Where much is given, much will be required,
And thou hast much—oh, use it faithfully!

Look thou abroad; around, on every side,
Thy fellow-men are toil-worn and distrest:

The aching heart in silence acheth on;
The heaving bosom sighs, but finds no rest.

Oarry thy hopeful spirit to some haunt
Where these dark clouds are brooding heavily,

And with a skill which Christian love can teach,
Picro3 the thick mist with thy heart's sympathy.

Grasp in thy thought the leading points which form
The outline of some sufferer's history,

And show how energy and hope can deal
-With Life's most complicated mystery.

If some poor fainting spirit is bowed down
Beneath the load appointed, him to bear,

Take thou his burden, thou canst well endure,
And let him journey on beneath thy care.

Until he catch from thee the healing ray
Which turns life's sorrows into wholesome food;

Until the memory of the bitter past

Is lost in Faith's bright view of future good.

And fear not thou, nor faint in thine employ;

Thy light shall not grow dim, but brighter burn From lighting others. It is God's decree,

Such radiance shed shall back to thee return.

Each good and perfect gift is from above,
Not for ourselves, but for God's glory given;

And wheresoe'er it lights this charge it brings—
"Go thou, and work, as angels work in heaven."

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The news of Mrs. Thornton's expected return to England soon spread through the little village of Oakhurst, and everybody felt more or less interested in it. In a small community, every little event is of importance, and where children are concerned (especially children deprived, by whatever circumstance, of their natural protectors) this interest is generally found to deepen. They become, as it were, public property, and their welfare is sought, and their happiness rejoiced in, by many a humble and unobtrusive spirit who would shrink from any open demonstration of feeling. And in spite of the exclusiveness which had marked all Mrs, Thornton's relations with her country neighbours, in spite of the petty feelings and - proud reserve which too often characterized the children themselves, their presence in the village was always welcomed with kind looks and words, and the good news which had just arrived, shed a reflected glow of happiness upon many a poor and sympathizing heart.

"And when will she come, Master Percy?" said the old wheelwright, as Percy stopped his pony to watch the process of some work in which the old man was engaged.

"In about a month, Thompson, grandmania says; and it does seem so long to wait. I wish it was only a week."

"Ay, I dare say you do. And how long is it since you saw her?"

"My little sister and I came home about three years ago, but it is much longer since my other sisters saw her. I don't think they will remember her, but I shall."

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