The Hesperian; A Western Quarterly Illustrated Magazine Volume 1

The Hesperian; A Western Quarterly Illustrated Magazine Volume 1

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... Death, under any circumstances, is seldom desirable; but, we can conceive nothing more dreadful than a protracted illness. The nights and days of sleepless agony; the melancholy reflections that agitate the soul; the self upbraidings that assail-even the best regulated minds; the horrible suspense;--in short, all that fancy or realty can conjure up to give acuteness to pain, (and all these are the usual companions of sickness, ) have so appalling an aspect, that when compared with it, instant dissolution appears an object of desire, rather than of apprehension. It seems natural that we should wish to breathe our last in the presence of those we love. We would not die among strangers;--we would not be overtaken by the last enemy, remote from wife, children and home;--we would not intrust our dying wishes to those who know us not;--but we would be spared those pangs that must rive the heart, if when lying on the bed of death, there is added to the consciousness of our own awful situation, the lamentations of those with whom we are connected by the ties of blood or affection. To hear the stifled sobs, to feel upon our cheeks the burning tears of herr the empire of whose heart we are so shortly to resign for ever; tohave our clammy hands grasped by the feverish pressure of agonized love;--and to see dimly through those orbs of vision that were being glazed over by death, the forms of our children, --those children so dearly loved, --and whose sweet voice we never should listen to more, what can surpass the misery of such a scene!... Those who are engaged in the active business of life, whose occupations, and constitutional temperament preclude them from reflection, are the least annoyed by the apprehension of dissolution. They consider leaving
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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 367g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236935748
  • 9781236935748