Excerpt from Stories of the Angels
20him to become a Priest. His people, who were w'orldly wise, tried to prevent him, and his mother said that he would break her heart if he-followed his own way. 'none knew the pain he suﬂ'ered, or the sorrow that overshadowed is life, when he finally left father and-mother, and kindred and home for the Master's sake. He but rarely saw his home again, and then always under conditions of sorrow, for the home life was full of recrimination, and misunderstanding, and he was plainly given to understand that he was not wanted. His priestly life was spent'in a wealthy suburban parish that offered nothing of romance, and brought him no large measure of success. Here he fell in love with a wealthy girl who returned his affection, and for a time his life was radiant, but it was not long before her ideals of life clashed with. His and owing to his refusal to give up his work for a life of leisure provided by her wealth she forsook him, and not long after married another. By this time he had not Only given up home, but his, promised wife for the Gospel, and as he sturdily pursued his daily round it was as a man of sorrows. So he lived and worked unnoticed, although his work was cordially appreciated by the few who were aware of it. When he was about fort he was offered a large and important sphere in the mission fiel and once more he was heard. Humming as he used to do in the earlier days, but his doctor told him that he ought to refuse as he had the seeds of an incurable disease. His words were, . You might go out as Bishop and do two or three years of useful work, but after that you could neither undertake the long journey-s required of you, and your life would be a constant battle against lassitude which at last would send you home to die. His-consequent refusal was regarded as love of an easy life, and so he left his work for an obscure country place where he was, as it were, buried alive. I often saw him under these conditions, and the only noticeable feature of his life was an increased reticence that comes to one who lives much in the other world. The end of his story was quite-commonplace. At the last his parents now grown old came to see him and his mother's constant complaint was that it would have been so different if he had only followed her advice, that it was all his own fault, and that she did not know what she had done to merit such unhappiness. In his father's quiet acceptance of his life he found some little comfort. Then he died-with only his nurse in the room, for he passed quite suddenly, and I heard her telling his father that the last words he uttered were, Sorrow miy endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. The happiness he now knows has no regrets and he lives very close to the desire of his heart in the land that is very far off. -the ry of the child-owner of the garden of the Vine was told to.
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