The Village of Youth

The Village of Youth

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Excerpt: depart, he told him that there was a little chorister among his flock who had a lovely voice, and that if his lordship would oblige him by staying through the short prayer with which they were about to end the day's pleasure he would hear the boy sing. The nobleman graciously complied, and stood, hat in hand, while the priest said a Paternoster and three Aves, the Pg 88 children joining in fervently. Then Father Francis rose and sat at the harmonium. His lordship watched George take his place beside his spiritual director. He noticed the lad's pale, worn face, his ragged clothes, and his air of utter helplessness, and felt sorry that the good priest should have prevailed upon him to stay and witness the poor little fellow's failure. There was not a sound in the schoolroom. The grand ladies held their breath in pity. Miss Brand looked anxious. The children longed for the success of their gentle comrade, and Maggie's heart beat with suppressed excitement. "Te Deum Laudamus, te Dominum confitemur." The voice seemed to pierce the heavens, so fresh and pure was its tone. Lord Eltonville's heart stood still. The waif's face had changed with those first words of praise; it had become illuminated with a great light, his insignificant little figure had gained a king's dignity. "Teshow more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236713907
  • 9781236713902