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in My Name there am I in the “May our Church thus ever be midst of them.' - Matt. xviii. to you a mother and a guide
“Still,” continued Sir Henry, through all the difficulties of life,” “ long habit, and prejudice, and the said Šir Henry, kindly, as he led fear of falling into those errors his niece to the carriage. which had crept into other parts of the Christian Church, must plead some excuse for our forefathers; In silence, Ellen drove through in avoiding one extreme they fell the fine old park of Walton, adinto another, in pulling up the miring the splendid trees that tares they destroyed much of the shaded them with their rich auwheat also."
tumnal tints, and the long vistas " Thank God!" said Ellen, that opened every now and then, reverently, " that I did not live in enlivened by the deer grazing in those days of controversy and doubt, the fern. Her reverie was interwhen my Prayer-book spoke one rupted by her uncle, who enquired, thing, and the practice of my if it was a very troublesome comfellow-Christians another.”
mission Lady Milton had given her? “ And amongst the blessings we “On the contrary,” replied Ellen, have to be grateful for,” said Sir “a most delightful one, I have so Henry, “that of our Daily Morning often wished to visit one of those Service alone is one of the greatest. excellent establishments of Sisters You my Ellen, whose young life of Mercy, and I am doubly glad of has had no trials, cannot fully the opportunity, as mama's old appreciate the soothing, calming friend, Louisa Mills, is one of the effect of this sacred beginning to
sisters.” each day, nor can you judge of the “ Louisa and your mother," said. help, which in a worldly sense it is Sir Henry," were very much toto the master of a large establish- gether in their girlhood. At the ment and property, of the regularity age of thirty-six she was left an and good feeling which it excites. orphan, without fortune, and though And were you to ask our venerable several relations offered her homes, Pastor, he would tell you the same, she felt that however kind they that thus daily meeting in the House might be, she would still feel in a of God so large a portion of his flock, state of dependence, and also be makes him feel more strongly his without any decided duties to perintimate connection with them, as form; and she preferred devoting the father and shepherd of their the remaining part of her life to souls.”
the service of her God, and under Indeed, dear uncle, I can enter the quiet and regular discipline of into your feelings, and though I the Church,” have not had the trials and respon- “ Has she ever repented of her sibilities to which you allude, yet I choice?” enquired Ellen. have felt its power to calm the evil "If she had, dear Ellen, she tempers, and smooth down the might have left at any time, she is petty vexations of each day. And not bound to remain. I should love the Daily Service, would find that no common inwere it only for the beauty of the ducement-nothing short of some ' Te Deum,' to say with truth, | plainer duty--would prevail on her Day by day, we magnify Thee;'
to do so.
She paid us a visit once and to pray . Vouchsafe, O Lord, to after an illness for change of air, keep us this day without sin.'” and accompanied us to the sea-side;
But you you see
but as soon as her health was re- doubly sensible in that of vision. stored she began to long so ardently Every thing is done to teach them, to return to her duties, that we did and elevate their minds, through this not attempt to persuade her to re- remaining sense. The superintenmain longer. She has, however, dents of this establishment are promised her sister-in-law, that twelve Clergymen, who live, there should she be taken from her chil. together as brethren, and whose dren, during their childhood, she whole time and duties consist in would leave her present home, and teaching and tending their charge, become a mother to them, and a and in relieving the poor of their comfort to her only brother; such immediate neighbourhood; a work a duty she told me she should con- in which the afflicted inmates sider as paramount to any other." of the asylum themselves, take
“How many sisters are there, great delight. uncle, and what are their duties ? " “ In the distance," said Sir
“ There are twenty sisters, and Henry, as he drove on, their principal duties are constant another building of the same desattendance on the poor, and the cription, but you would not find it education of a few children, or- so pleasing to the eye, though it phans or daughters of poor Clergy- | still preserves its ecclesiastical men and gentlemen of reduced character. It is an institution for fortune. Every hour has its own the Blind, upon the same footing, occupation, and it is wonderful but the founders were more anxious the good they effect. The united to devote their funds to providing a efforts of so large a body, all larger number of brothers, to attend acting in concert, for the same to the blind inmates, and to sender cause, and the strict regularity, the Service in the Chapel' more order, and quiet, enables them attractive and soothing. The to do what appears wonderful, organ and chanting is more beauand what would be impossible to tiful than any I ever heard, and the same number of individuals many of the blind inmates themeach acting by herself, without any selves have excellent voices." settled plan. Such is the wonder- “Our own beloved Church,” said ful power of unity."
Ellen, “how thoroughly she is a "What is that?" enquired Ellen, mother to all her children. I as they drove past a large eccle- delight in seeing all our fellowsiastical building, of solid but Christians, whatever may be their beautifully finished architecture, peculiar misfortunes, under her own particularly that part of it which especial care, tended by the true was evidently the Chapel, with its successors of the holy Apostles.” pointed castern window surmounted “ This great improvement,” obby a simple Cross.
served Sir Henry, " has taken place Sir Henry stopped the ponies since the time to which we have that Ellen might admire it, and so often alluded. Even then, howthen told her, that it was an Asy- ever, the spiritual wants of such lum for the Deaf and Dumb. The instutions were not entirely neg. excellent founders of the institution lected; a Chaplain was always were anxious to spare no expence, in appointed who was generally the making the decorations of the build- Curate, or Rector of the parish, ing attractive to the unfortunate often having two parishes under inmates, who, being deprived of the
80 that, if he could blessings of speech and hearing, are manage to give one Service a
Sunday, and occasionally a visit the mean time, the sisters were during the week, it was as much as busily employed in assisting those, was expected of him. You may who from age and sickness, had imagine how different it is now, need of help, to approach the Altar, when daily the poor sufferers have and there take of the Bread of Life, the consolations of the Church, to their soul's eternal comfort. when hourly they have those at When the service was over, it hand, who are her appointed minis- gave Louisa much pleasure to talk ters. And also, the poor of the to the daughter of her old friend, neighbourhood, for miles round, and she kindly answered all Ellen's feel the benefit of their influence cager enquiries about the duties and devoted exertions."
and places of the establishment, Sir Henry now pointed out to and showed her the simple rooms of Ellen their destination, and the first each of the sisters. enquiries they made upon arriving, “ With so many duties," said were for Louisa Miles. She was Ellen, “I suppose you have quite in the village, in attendance upon given up your old occupation of an old widow who was dying. painting?" The sisters, two of whom always “Oh no," replied Louisa, “far kept watch at a time, had divided from it; our talents, whatever they the night between them, relieving may be, are given us by God, and one another at stated hours. The may be used to His service. Far, morning watch had devolved upon far greater has been my pleasure in Louisa and another sister, and they painting, since I have dedicated it were now seen slowly approaching. to Him, far more ennobling the They had remained to offer the last subjects which religion affords to attentions that the sufferer required, the imagination. Art is most eleand to join with her in the last con- vated and consecrated when made solatory rites of the Church. But the handmaid of Religion. I reto them, such scenes, though ever member to have read somewhere, sacred, had become habitual, and it " That a religious home is as needful did not prevent Louisa from re- for the painter and the sculptor, and ceiving her friends with affectionate the architect, and the poet, as for pleasure, and all the warmth which the philosopher and the priest.' in the midst of retirement she ever “I like that idea," said Ellen, cherished for them.
" and can easily imagine how the But the chiming of the Chapel holy quiet of such a place as this, bell, reminded them that it was the may help, nay, almost inspire your festival of St. Matthew, and that work." the hour had arrived for the Litany, “ Indeed I found it so, dear and second celebration of the Holy Ellen,” replied Louisa, “when I Communion.
was permitted to paint the AltarSir Henry and his niece followed piece, and one of the windows of the sisters into the beautiful clois- our chapel." ters that led to the Chapel, and as “You agree,” said Ellen, “with they stood beneath the shadow of the German artist Overbeck, (whose its solemn arches, watching the pictures in his day were said to be assembling of the aged and infirm as good as sermons), that a deep of the neighbourhood, they silently devotional feeling is the true source raised their hearts in prayer, for of an artist's inspiration.' But I the blessing of their Heavenly Fa- fear I must leave you now, for my ther on the holy institution. In / uncle is calling me," continued Ellen, and with a willing promise to hear the chanting of our choir, that to visit the sisterhood again before you were in a country village, in a long, Sir Henry and his niece re- remote part of England, but I beturned to Walton Abbey.
lieve fully that they feel, that their
music is for God and not for man PART THIRD.
--and hire.'" THE welcome news that Mr. and “Is it a large parish?” enquired Mrs. Graham and their little boy Ellen. were expected in a few days, gave “Yes, and so scattered that you Sir Henry and Lady Milton great would be surprised to see how full pleasure. Lucy Graham was their the church is every morning, for eldest daughter, and having married many have a long distance to walk. a clergyman in the North of Eng- Mr. Graham has two curates; one land, it was but seldom that they resides with us, and the other has a could visit Walton Abbey. Ellen house at the extreme end of the had often heard of her cousin Lucy, parish.”. and had the deepest respect for the “ Such a parish of course has character of Mr. Graham, nor was great expenses,” remarked Ellen. she disappointed in her expectations “Mr. Graham's great wish has of them both; and their high- always been,” said Lucy, “to try spirited and perfectly obedient little and live, as much as possible, upon Edward, added greatly to the mirth our own small income, so as to and life of the house. The cousins spend the stipend of his living upon had many walks together to the his parish and church. Some years neighbouring villages, where Lucy we succeed in this better than was well remembered and loved by others; but of course it requires a all her poorer friends.
good deal of management and some “You must come and stay with us
little self-denial in our private life; some day, Ellen,” said Lucy, “and still it brings with it its own rich
our parsonage; cold as our reward, in the flourishing state of region is, it is very comfortable; and those committed to his care, and in our church, how you will like it, it the love and reverence they feel for is close to the house, with its beau- | their minister." tiful little steeple-tower keeping
When the cousins returned from watch over us. When I look at this their walk they found luncheon on abbey, continued Lucy, smiling, it the table, and little Edward busily seems so magnificent compared to engaged at his usual dinner-for our village church, but yet it is all themselves, as it was Friday, a few so perfect in its way, so true in its biscuits were provided. When the simplicity. I am sure Mr. Graham child's tart was placed before him, loves it, as if it were another child. he whispered something to his I sometimes tell him I fear it takes mother, who kissed his forehead, my place in his affections.
with a smile of consent, and he im“You are not jealous of such a mediately left the room, carrying rival?" said Ellen, laughing.
his tart with him. “Oh no!" replied Lucy,
and “Edward,” said Mrs. Graham, besides, it is as dear to me as to him. “has asked leave to take his tart to You should see our church-yard, the child at the lodge; he has once with its peaceful graves surrounded
or twice before acted in this way, by flowers, telling every spring but I have never urged it, or made their hopeful lesson of the Resur- any remark, thinking it best that rection, and you would hardly think, / he should learn self-denial from
the example of those he is with, “ Because she always has a reand contenting myself with teaching gular levee from breakfast time to him the right motives for such ac- luncheon, every Saturday, in her tions."
poor-room." “So young as he is, are you sure, “Have you never been introLucy, he understands the right duced to this part of the house, motive, and does not act to gain Ellen?" your praise?" said Lady Milton. “No, where is it, and what is
“ Praise he never has from us on my aunt's occupation there?" such occasions," replied Lucy,
" It is near the usekeeper's are most anxious to teach him to room,” replied Lucy, “ and is fitted seek the approval of an All-seeing up entirely for the poor. There are God, in every action of his life; but, books in abundance to be lent or dear mama, you can ask him any given; a large wardrobe with every question you like to satisfy your- kind of clothing; a medicine chest, self.”
for mama is librarian, doctor, and Lady Milton did so; for when even butcher also, for every Saturshe was alone with the child she day morning, the meat that was enquired how little Robert had liked not used on Friday is divided the tart?
amongst the poor, generally given "Oh, so very much, grandmama, to the old and infirm." so he divided it between his bro- “ The fast that I have chosen," thers and sisters."
said Ellen, “is it not to deal thy “ Why did you give it him," bread to the hungry?” enquiredLady Milton.
Exactly," continued Lucy, “Because he is poor, and I know “this was mama's motive; and in a we should give what we can to the large establishment, where several poor.”
joints a-day are eaten, it becomes “Why, dear?”
no slight boon to the poor.” “For Jesus Christ's sake," re- “Do you follow the same plan plied the child reverently. When at the Parsonage?” enquired Ellen. we give to the poor, we give to “No, replied Lucy, we cannot Him.'
afford to do so; and besides, what “ True.” said Lady Milton. is saved on a fast-day in our house« « Inasmuch as ye have done it hold, would not go a great way to one of the least of these my bre- amongst the poor.' thren, ye have done it unto Me.', “ I should like to see my aunt's “When I am a man,'
said poor-room,” said Ellen. Edward, “I shall have a great
“ You shall,”
replied Lucy, many more things to give" and
“ when they are all gone; but he ran off to join Ellen on the mama prefers being quite alone. lawn.
She says that they become more The next morning, as Lucy was intimate with her in consequence, arranging some flowers in the draw- and many of them tell her their doo ing-room, Ellen came in to enquire mestic sorrows, and ask her advice, for Lady Milton.
which they would not like to do “Oh, are you looking for mama if strangers were in the room." now,” exclaimed Lucy; from a lit- “ Riches are, indeed, a blessing," tle child I have never thought of said Ellen, “when they are thus interrupting mama on Saturday employed; and to see my aunt and morning.'
uncle, gracing as they do the soci“Why not?” enquired Ellen. ety in which they move, one would