Benjamin Holtt's Boys, and What They Did for Him, by the Author of 'a Candle Lighted by the Lord'

Benjamin Holtt's Boys, and What They Did for Him, by the Author of 'a Candle Lighted by the Lord'

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...late to save their beloved boy. Then a small coffin was brought into Benjamin's house for the first time, and a horror of great darkness settled down upon his soul; for he knew not what to do to calm the tumult in his heart and mind, nor where to look for comfort. For two or three days he felt as if he should go mad: he could not work, he could not sleep at night. Not a word of consolation could he utter to his poor wife, who seemed stunned by this sudden blow. Indeed she had to try her best to console him, though her own heart was breaking. "Dear little soul, he is happier now than ever we could make him, Ben!" she said a day or two after his death, as they stood together beside his little coffin. "It sometimes struck me that he wasn't fit for this rough world, --the frailest and most tender-hearted of all our boys." "The best, the dearest!" exclaimed Ben. "We could have spared either of the others better, Maria." "We dare not _say that, Ben," answered his wife in soft, kind tones, as she clasped her hands round her husband's arm, and leant against him. This great sorrow seemed to wake up their old, tender affection for each other, which somehow during the past few years had almost died out. "We dare not say that," she repeated; "for if either of the others had been taken, we should have said, Why was the bonnie one cut off, and our frail little Johnny left to fight the hard battle of life? When God takes one of our precious ones from us for a time, He doesn't let us choose which one we will give up. He knows best what to do, and we must try to say to Him, Thy will be done, though our hearts are breaking." Mrs. Holt gave way now, and sobbed against her husband's...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236900162
  • 9781236900166