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Now, then, my soul awake! If this bo so,
Where much is given, much will be required,
Look thou abroad; around, on every side,
The aching heart in silence acheth on;
Oarry thy hopeful spirit to some haunt
And with a skill which Christian love can teach,
Grasp in thy thought the leading points which form
And show how energy and hope can deal
If some poor fainting spirit is bowed down
Take thou his burden, thou canst well endure,
Until he catch from thee the healing ray
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,
And wheresoe'er it lights this charge it brings—
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."