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Pleased with the praise of her thrift from him whose
praise was the sweetest, Drew from the reel on the table a snowy skein of her
spinning, Thus making answer, meanwhile, to the flattering
phrases of Alden: “Come, you must not be idle; if I am a pattern for
housewives, Show yourself equally worthy of being the model of husbands.
890 Hold this skein on your hands, while I wind it, ready
for knitting; Then who knows but hereafter, when fashions have
changed and the manners, Fathers may talk to their sons of the good old times
of John Alden!" Thus, with a jest and a laugh, the skein on his hands
she adjusted, He sitting awkwardly there, with his arms extended before him,
895 She standing graceful, erect, and winding the thread
from his fingers, Sometimes chiding a little his clumsy manner of hold
ing, Sometimes touching his hands, as she disentangled
Twist or knot in the yarn, unawares — for how could.
she help it ? Sending electrical thrills through every nerve in his
Lo! in the midst of this scene, a breathless messen
ger entered, Bringing in hurry and heat the terrible news from the
village. Yes; Miles Standish was dead !. an Indian had
brought them the tidings,Slain by a poisoned arrow, shot down in the front of
the battle, Into an ambush beguiled, cut off with the whole of his forces;
905 All the town would be burned, and all the people be
murdered ! Such were the tidings of evil that burst on the hearts
of the hearers. Silent and statue-like stood Priscilla, her face looking
backward Still at the face of the speaker, her arms uplifted in
horror; But John Alden, upstarting, as if the barb of the ar
Piercing the heart of his friend had struck his own,
and had sundered Once and forever the bonds that held him bound as a
captive, Wild 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,
915 Pressing her close to his heart, as forever his own,
and exclaiming : 6 Those whom the Lord hath united, let no man put
Even as rivulets twain, from distant and separate
sources, Seeing each other afar, as they leap from the rocks,
and pursuing Each one its devious path, but drawing nearer and nearer,
920 Rush together at last, at their trysting-place in the
forest; So these lives that had run thus far in separate channels,
911-915 Explain in your own words these sensations of John Alden. 917 Look up Mark x. 6-9.
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.
Forth from the curtain of clouds, from the tent of
purple and scarlet, Issued the sun, the great High-Priest, in his garments
resplendent, Holiness unto the Lord, in letters of light, on his fore
head, Round the hem of his robe the golden bells and pome
granates. Blessing the world he came, and the bars of vapor beneath him
930 Gleamed like a grate of brass, and the sea at his feet
was a laver ! 924 What were the “barriers strong"
"? 927–929 For a partial description of the garments of a Jewish High-Priest, look up Exodus xxviii. 31–38.
981 Laver: look up Exodus xxx. 17-19.
This was the wedding morn of Priscilla the Puri.
tan maiden. Friends were assembled together; the Elder and
Magistrate also Graced the scene with their presence, and stood like
the Law and the Gospel, One with the sanction of earth and one with the blessing of heaven.
935 Simple and brief was the wedding as that of Ruth
and of Boaz. Softly the youth and the maiden repeated the words
of betrothal, Taking each other for husband and wife in the Magis
trate's presence, After the Puritan way, and the laudable custom of
Holland. Fervently then and devoutly, the excellent Elder of Plymouth
932 Wedding morn: this was probably the second marriage which took place in the colony.
984 Law and the Gospel : are both represented in a marriage ceremony of to-day? Which is represented by the marriage license? By the marriage certificate? Why must the law be represented? Why the Gospel ? (See reference on line 917.)
986 You will find the story of Ruth in Ruth i. 1-8 and 16-18, ii. 1-2 and 15–16. Boaz, her kinsman, was quickly charmed with Ruth and made her his wife.