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Piercing the heart of his friend had struck his

own, and had sundered Once and for ever the bonds that held him bound

as a captive, While with excess of sensation, the awful delight

of his freedom, Mingled with pain and regret, unconscious of

what he was doing, Clasped, almost with a groan, the motionless form

of Priscilla, Pressing her close to his heart, as for ever his

own, and exclaiming : "Those whom the Lord hath united, let no man

put them asunder!"

Even as rivulets twain, from distant and sep

arate sources, Seeing each other afar, as they leap from the

rocks, and pursuing Each one its devious path, but drawing nearer and

nearer, Rush together at last, at their trysting-place in the

forest; So these lives that had run thus far in separate

channels,

Coming in sight of each other, then swerving and

flowing asunder, Parted by barriers strong, but drawing nearer and

nearer, Rushed together at last, and one was lost in the

other.

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IX.

THE WEDDING-DAY.

FORTH from the curtain of clouds, from the tent

of purple and scarlet, Issued the sun, the great High-Priest, in his gar

ments resplendent, Holiness unto the Lord, in letters of light, on his

forehead, Round the hem of his robe the golden bells and

pomegranates. Blessing the world he came, and the bars of vapor

beneath him Gleamed like a grate of brass, and the sea at his

feet was a laver !

This was the wedding morn of Priscilla the

Puritan maiden. Friends were assembled together; the Elder and

Magistrate also Graced the scene with their presence, and stood

like the Law and the Gospel,

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Down THROUGH THE GOLDEN LEAVES THE SUNSHINE WAS POURING HIS SPLENDORS.

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