Abbots Thorpe; Or, the Two Wills

 
9780217314398: Abbots Thorpe; Or, the Two Wills

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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...heathen laud to which you are going, because the condemnation is greater to those within hearing of the gospel than to the people who know not the glad tidings." Reginald bent his head in silence, as if pondering over the words. " No, Ellerton, it is too late; I know my course now, and shall follow it. Perhaps once I mistook my path, that is past. But," he added, in a lower tone of deep earnestness, " I still want evidence of His presence striving in me, and I want manifestation of approval of the step I am about to take--all, all is dark! " he added, bitterly. " My mistake was then in fancying mental power and intellectual religion to be moral regeneration and practical piety. Everything fails! I am disappointed in myself and others, and have lost all confidence in everybody and everything. For mercy's sake, Eller-ton, say no more upon this subject, but rather bid me God speed, and in the strength of that blessing let me go! " Ellinor crossed the room to Reginald, and bent in anxious solicitude over her husband, who now sat with his elbows upon his knees, and his face buried dejectedly in his hands. Her voice was broken with grief as she pressed her lips to his brow, and said, " Oh, Reginald! look up, do not distress yourself, all is for the best, and as to the past, let that be forgotten; surely nothing now remains of it except the blessed fruits of adversity, and the lessons God teaches us by our own errors and the wrong we have suffered! " The tears gushed through Reginald's fingers, and in order to avoid a scene which she well knew he could not endure, she quietly withdrew. Once alone in her own room, she sank in a long motionless agony of prayer for strength to meet the future, and power to lighten her husband's burthen, whose worn...

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