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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 27. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A noble life. (search)
esented for our consideration a character preemi-nently marked by but one of these ennobling features, this is the blood-mark—by this we know the strain of immortality. Let but a spark of the eternal fire burn in the heart of man, there needs no vestal virgin to keep the lamp aflame. It is part of the light of the universe that cannot expire. Man struggles with imperfections. But a little leaven leavens the whole lump. The odor of the violet pervades the garden. The sweet character of Cordelia makes the whole of King Lear a charm. Full many a shining name, high written on the roll of fame, is doomed to be forgotten. A monarch grown colossal in his might, boasts that the gods of the nations have not been able to save their people from his destroying arm; a doubtful inscription on a crumbling stone is the record of his deeds. A Pharaoh of four thousand years ago, in the pride of his power, defies the God of Israel and deals hardly with His chosen. See, in this our day, his