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Having the graces of speech, and skill in the turn

ing of phrases." Taking the hand of his friend, who still was re

luctant and doubtful, Holding it long in his own, and pressing it kindly,

he added : “Though I have spoken thus lightly, yet deep is

the feeling that prompts me; Surely you cannot refuse what I ask in the name

of our friendship!” Then made answer John Alden: “The name of

friendship is sacred; What you demand in that name, I have not the

power to deny you!" So the strong will prevailed, subduing and mould

ing the gentler, Friendship prevailed over love, and Alden went

on his errand.

III.

THE LOVER'S ERRAND.

So the strong will prevailed, and Alden went on

his errand, Out of the street of the village, and into the paths

of the forest, Into the tranquil woods, where blue-birds and

robins were building Towns in the populous trees, with hanging gar

dens of verdure, Peaceful, aerial cities of joy and affection and

freedom. All around him was calm, but within him com

motion and conflict, Love contending with friendship, and self with

each generous impulse. To and fro in his breast his thoughts were heav

ing and dashing, As in a foundering ship, with every roll of the

vessel, Washes the bitter sea, the merciless surge of the

ocean!

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LIKE AN AWAKENED CONSCIENCE, THE SEA WAS MOANING AND TOSSING.

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"Must I relinquish it all," he cried with a wild

lamentation, “Must I relinquish it all, the joy, the hope, the

illusion? Was it for this I have loved, and waited, and wor

shipped in silence? Was it for this I have followed the flying feet and

the shadow Over the wintry sea, to the desolate shores of

New England ? Truly the heart is deceitful, and out of its depths

of corruption Rise, like an exhalation, the misty phantoms of

passion; Angels of light they seem, but are only delusions

of Satan. All is clear to me now; I feel it, I see it dis

tinctly! This is the hand of the Lord; it is laid upon me

in anger,

For I have followed too much the heart's desires

and devices, Worshipping Astaroth blindly, and impious idols

of Baal. This is the cross I must bear; the sin and the

swift retribution."

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