A Brief Memoir

with Portions of the Diary, Letters, and Other Remains, of Eliza Southall, Late of Birmingham, England

Author: Eliza Southall
Published: 1869
Language: English
Wordcount: 45,042 / 138 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.3
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 365
Added to site: 2004.07.02
mnybks.net#: 8424
Genres: Biography, Poetry
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times privileged to partake of the joys of heaven.

The first volume of the series is entitled, by its author, "Mementos of Mercy to the Chief of Sinners." Some lines written on her fourteenth birthday--about the period, of its commencement--may appropriately introduce the extracts.

6th Mo. 9th, 1837.--

Can it be true that one more link
In that mysterious chain,
Which joins the two eternities,
I shall not see again?

Eternity! that awful thing
Thought tries in vain to scan;
How far beyond the loftiest powers
Of little, finite man!

E'en daring fancy's fearless flight
In vain would grasp the whole,
And then, "How short man's mortal life!"
Exclaims the wondering soul.

A bubble on the ocean's breast,
A glow-worm's feeble ray,
That loses all its brilliancy
Beneath the orb of day.

Can it be joyful, then, to find
That life is hastening fast?
Can it be joyful to r

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