Chautauquan Volume 54

Chautauquan Volume 54

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... mercy upon us. "To one of us He gave power and genius. To one of us He gave never-failing goodness. To one of us He gave 'the glorious gift of eloquence. She was everything we ought to have been. She threw light on our dark fate. She was the servant of the homes, as we had been, but she offered her gifts to a thousand homes. She was the caretaker of the sick, as we had been, but she struggled with the terrible epidemic of habits of former days. She told her stories to thousands of childnen. She had her poor friends in every land. She gave from fuller hands than we and with a warmer spirit. In her heart dwelt none of our bitterness, for she has loved it away. Her glory has been that of a queen's. She has been offered the treasures of gratitude by millions of hearts. Her word has weighed heavily in the great questions of mankind. Her name has sounded through the new and the old world. And yet she is only an old Mamsell. "She has transfigured our dark fate. Blessings on her name!" The dead joined in, in a thousandfold echo: "Blessings on her name!" "Sister," whispered Mamsell Fredrika, "can you not forbid them to-make me, poor, sinful being, proud?" "But, sisters, sisters," continued the voice, "she has turned against our race with all her great power. At her. cry for freedom and work for all, the old, despised livers on charity have died out. She has broken down the tyranny that fenced in childhood. She has stirred young girls towards the wide activity of life. She has put an end to loneliness, to ignorance, to joylessness. No unhappy, despised old Mamsells without aim or purpose in life will ever exist again; none such as we have been." more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123674781X
  • 9781236747815