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 And if she who wronged her parents, with her child atones to them,
Earthly daughter, Heavenly Mother! thou at least wilt not condemn!”
So, upon her death-bed lying, my blessed mother spake;
As we come to do her bidding, so receive us for her sake. “
‘God be praised!’ said Goodwife Garvin, “He taketh, and He gives;
He woundeth, but He healeth; in her child our daughter lives!”
‘Amen!’ the old man answered, as he brushed a tear away,
And, kneeling by his hearthstone, said, with reverence, ‘Let us pray.’
All its Oriental symbols, and its Hebrew paraphrase,
Warm with earnest life and feeling, rose his prayer of love and praise.
But he started at beholding, as he rose from off his knee,
The stranger cross his forehead with the sign of Papistrie.
‘What is this?’ cried Farmer Garvin. “Is an English Christian's home
A chapel or a mass-house, that you make the sign of Rome?”
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