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[119] the farewells of loving lips and the suppressed wailings of bleeding hearts. He had hoped to waken in heaven. “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly, O come quickly,” was his frequent prayer. He was asked, “Would you not prefer to stay with us?” “No! No!” he replied; “I prefer to go.” They sang, at his request, such hymns as—

Jesus, and shall it ever be,
A mortal man ashamed of Thee;

and—

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word.

And in feeble tones he joined in the sacred songs. Late in the night he asked them to sing the hymn commencing—‘Jesus, I love Thy charming name,’ and the last verse he sung with them in faltering, dying tones—

I'll speak the honors of thy name
     With my last laboring breath—
And dying, clasp Thee in my arms,
     The antidote of death.

Some one said to him, “You will soon be in heaven; are you willing to go?” “Perfectly willing; certainly I am.” They were his last words, and soon, in the early dawn of the morning, on the 21st of March, 1863, he fell asleep in Jesus.

When the summons of death comes to us, may we each be ready to say— “Perfectly willing; certainly I am.”

Young men! we have thus presented, for your contemplation, an imperfect survey of the life of a Christian scholar and soldier. The extraordinary deeds of some world-worshipped hero or fabulous demigod might, perhaps, have better amused or entertained the multitude. But such a sketch as this cannot fail to be more useful, in so far as it is practical and imitable. Here are excellencies you may attain, a character you may emulate, a life you may copy.

“If no faults shade the picture,” to quote the beautiful sentiment of Rev. Dr. Hoge, in speaking of another of Virginia's noble sons fallen in battle, “it is not because I have hidden them from my readers, but because grace has hidden them from me.”

It may be true that Colonel Coleman's natural mental endowments, his original physical capabilities were of a higher order

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