Out of the Mouth of the Lion

Out of the Mouth of the Lion

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...and he took the child tenderly from her arms, and seated it on his knee. "Forgive me," said Julia, as she burst into tears; "but I have grown over-anxious for my Plautius. Thou sayest he is coming speedily," she added, glancing out through the open door, in the hope that she might see him coming down the road. "The Church will pray for his deliverance out of the hands of our enemies. He was taken before the prefect this morning, and charged with railing against the gods of Smyrna; but I doubt not he will be released from prison shortly," said the bishop. Julia was not a heroine, but a poor weak woman, and for a few minutes nature triumphed over faith, and wringing her hands she cried: "Oh, my Plautius, my Plautius! who will care for our babe, when thou art taken away? I am a stranger here, in a strange land." "Nay, but thinkest thou that God is a stranger here? Dost thou forget His promises to the fatherless and widows, and thinkest thou that our brethren in Christ will forget thy necessities?" said Polycarp, quickly. "Nay, think not of me, but of Plautius," sobbed Julia. "The Church of Christ will care for both of you, and in proof of this I have come to bid thee welcome to the house of our deaconess until thy husband is released. She cannot speak the Latin tongue, it is true, but kindness can make itself understood without words, and of this thou wilt be certain with our sister." He would not tell her of her husband's full punishment just now. By-and-by, perhaps, she would be better able to bear it; but the first shock was almost too much for her as it was. Many coveted the martyr's crown, but Julia was not one of these. She shrunk from pain and suffering, both for...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236742575
  • 9781236742575