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Influence of smiles

-- A smile is indeed a thing of beauty. Whether living on the lips of gladsome youth, or flickering on the dying features of work-out age, it holds its beauty still Whether making loveliness yet more winsome, or rendering ugliness less repulsive than its wont, a smile yet holds its nature-- yet it is beautiful. Magic lurks therein, and always the human heart as words never can, quickens its quiet pulse, or soothes and calms the hurried throb as they may need. And beneath the encouraging influence of one sweet, upholding smile, the heart itself may charge its mood, may yield its mad intent, if not cast out forever its evil promptings and its dark propensities. And so may the smiles of dorision madion beyond what the utmost words can do. even as the smiles of praise will aper humanity to great and enable deeds beyond the approach of all other promptings. Its silent power sinks in the heart, and heals some new-made thrust, as sweetly and gently as tails the mysterious new from heaven. And the smile of lovel Itbe in the mother's eyes as she sees beauty in her infants face, and a silent laugh of unknown joy from her darling boy. It plays with stronger and more thrilling magic, as her heart's meets her far-seeing eye, and draws hear to let her look of love lose none of its precious values in needless distance between them. And with deeper, purer joy, it comes to the wile's giad face when her husband's fond gaze tells her how much is gamed since he first called her wife. Holy, beautiful indeed, is the smile of fathomless and perfect love — too seldom in feed does it live, too soldem lightens heavy cares and earthly sorrows. Too seldom does it have birth — too often does it soon leave lite spachway, even if fairly born and dearly welcomed there.

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