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hair; that of the one being silky and the same come gliding in upoe them, smooth, and of the other slightly curled and join his brother in a share of their at the edges, and clustering thickly suddenly bestowed affection. when he flung his locks back in playful- They soon came to love, with all ness or joy. His eyes, though of a their hearts, the place wherein they hazel-hue like that of his brother, were had their new habitation. Not even in considerably lighter, and a smile seem- their own merry England had their ed native there; while those of the young eyes ever seen brighter green other seemed almost dark, and fitter fields—trees more umbrageous-or, for the mist of tears. Dimples marked perhaps, even rural gardens more the cheeks of the one, but those of the flowery and blossoming, than those of other were paler and smooth. Their this Scottish village. They had lived, voices, too, when I listened to them, indeed, mostly in a town; and, in the and knew their character, had a faint midst of the freshness and balminess fluctuating difference of inflection and of the country, they became happier tone-like the same instrument blown and more gleesome--it was said by upon with a somewhat stronger or many, even more beautiful. The afweaker breath. Their very laugh grew fectionate creatures did not forget their to be different unto my ear—that of the mother. Alternately did they write to one freer and more frequent, that of the her every week—and every week did other wild in its utmost glee. And one or other receive from her a letter, they had not been many days in the in which the sweetest maternal feelings manse, before I knew, in a moment, were traced in small delicate lines, that dim as my eyes had long been, the soft, bespoke the hand of an accomplished timid, stealing step of Edward, from lady. Their education had not been the dancing and fearless motion of neglected; and they learnt every thing Henry Howard.”
they were taught with a surprising Here the old man paused, not as it quickness and docility_alike amiable seemed from any fatigue in speaking so and intelligent. Morning and evening, long, but as if to indulge more pro- did they kneel down with clasped. foundly in his remembrance of the chil- hands—these lovely Twins-even at dren whom he had so tenderly loved. my feet, and resting on my knees; and He fixed his dim eyes on their sculp- melodiously did they murmur together tured images with as fond an expres the hymns which their mother had sion, as if they had been alive, and taught them, and passages selected had lain down there to sleep-and from the Scriptures--many of which when, without looking on me, whom are in the affecting, beautiful, and subhe felt to have been listening with quiet lime ritual of the English Church... attention, he again began to speak, it And always, the last thing they did, was partly to tell me the tale of these before going to sleep in each other's fair sleepers, and partly to give vent to arms, was to look at their mother's his loving grief.
picture, and to kiss it with fond kisses, “ All strangers, even many who and many an endearing name." thought they knew them well, were Just then, two birds alighted softly pleasantly perplexed with the faces and on the white marble monument, and figures of the bright English Twins. began to trim their plumes. They were The poor beggars, as they went their doves from their nest in the belfry of sounds, blessed them, without knowing the spire, from which a low, deep, whether it was Edward or Henry that plaintive murmuring was now heard to had bestowed his alms. The mother come, deepening the profound silence of the cottage children with whom of the burial-ground. The two bright they played, confused their images in birds walked about for a few minutes her loving heart, as she named them in round the images of the children, or
When only one was pre- stood quietly at their feet; and then, sent, it gave a start of strange delight clapping their wings, flew up and disa to them who did not know the Twins, appeared. The incident, though, at to see another creature so beautifully any other time, common and uninteresting, had a strange effect upon my heart he too was delirious—and too plainly now, and seemed dimly emblematic of chasing his brother into the grave. the innocence and beauty of the inha- “ Never, in the purest hours of their bitants of that tomb, and of the flight of healthful happiness, had their innocent their sinless souls to heaven.
natures seemed to me more beautiful “One evening in early autumn, (they than now in their delirium. As it inhad been with me from the middle of .creased, all vague fears of dying left May,) Edward, the elder, complained, their souls, and they kept talking as ifto on going to bed, of a sore throat, and I each other of everything here or in Engproposed that his brother should sleep land that was pleasant and interesting. in another bed. I saw them myself, ac- Now and then they murmured the names, cordingly, in separate places of repose. of persons of whom I had not formerly But on going, about an hour afterwards, heard them speak—-friends who had into their reom, there I found them been kind to them before I had known locked, as usual, in each other's arms— of their existence, and servants in their face to facem-and their innocent breath mother's or their father's household. mingling from lips that nearly touched. Of their mother they spoke to themI could not find heart to separate them, selves, though necessarily kept apart, nor could I have done so, without almost in the very same words expectawaking Edward. His cheeks were ing a visit from her at the manse, and red and flushed, and his sleep broken then putting out their little hands to and full of starts. Early in the morning embrace her. All their innocent plays I was at their bed-side: Henry was ly- were acted over and over again on the ing apart from his brother, looking at bed of death. They were looking into him with a tearful face, and his little the nests of the little singing birds, arm laid so as to touch his bosom. Ed- which they never injured in the hedgeward was unable to rise his throat rows and the woods. And, the last inwas painful, his pulse high, and his telligible words that I heard Edward
heart sick. Before evening he became utter were these_Let us go, brother, slightly delirious, and his illness was to the church-yard, and lie down on the evidently a fever of a dangerous and daisies among the little green mounds! malignant kind. He was, I told you, a “ They both died within an hour of bold and gladsome child, when not at each other. I lifted up Henry, when I his tasks, dancing and singing almost saw he too was dead, and laid him every hour; but the fever quickly sub- down beside his brother. There lay dued his spirit, the shivering fits made the Twins, and had their mother at him weep and wail, and rueful, indeed, that hour come into the room, she was the change which a single night and would have been thankful to see that day had brought forth.
sight, for she would have thought that 6 His brother seemed to be afraid her children were in a calm and remore than children usually are of sick- freshing sleep!” ness, which they are always slow te My eyes were fixed upon the sculplink with the thought of death. But he tured images of the dead-lying side told me, weeping, that his eldest bro- by side, with their faces up to heaven, ther had died of a fever, and that his their little hands folded as in prayer mother was always alarmed about that upon their bosoms, and their eyelids disease. “Did I think,' asked he, with closed. The old man drew a sigh alwild eyes, and a palpitating heart, did most like a sob, and wept. They had I think that Edward was going to die?' been intrusted to his care-they had I looked at the affectionate child, and come smiling from another land-for taking him to my bosom, I felt that his one summer they were happy-and own blood was beating but too quickly, then disappeared, like the other fading and that fatal had been that night's flowers, from the earth. I wished that sleeping embrace in his brother's bo- the old man would cease his touching som. The fever had tainted his sweet narrative-both for his sake and rry veins also--and I had soon to lay him So I rose, and walked up quite shivering on his bed. In another day close to the monument, inspecting the spirit of its design, and marking the fi- monial awakened, yet it was witness nish of its execution. But he called me ed, not only without any feelings of reto him, and requesting me to resume pugnance or scorn, but, I may in truth my seat beside him on the grave-stone, say, with a rational sympathy, and he thus continued.
with all the devout emotions embodied “ I had written to their mother in in language so scriptural and true to England that her children were in ex- pature. treme danger, but it was not possible “ The bier was carried slowly aloft that she could arrive in time to see upon men's shoulders, towards the them die, not even to see them buried. church-yard gate. I myself walked at Decay was fast preying upon them, and their little heads. Some of the neighthe beauty of death was beginning to bouring gentry-my own domestics disappear. So we could not wait the , a few neighbours—and some of the arrival of their mother, and their grave school-children, formed the procession. was made. Even the old gray-headed The latter, walking before the coffin, sextop wept, for in this case of mortality continụed singing a funeral psalm ali there was something to break in upon the way till we reached the churchthe ordinary tenor of his thoughts, and yard gate. It was a still gentle auto stir up in his heart feelings that he tumnal day, and now and then a wicould not have known existed there. thered leaf came rustling across the There was sadness, indeed, over all the path of the weeping choristers. To us, parish for the fair English Twins, who to whom that dirge-like strain was new, had come to live in the manse after all all seemed like a pensive, and mourn-. the other boys had left it, and who, as ful, and holy dream. they were the last, so were they the “ The Clergyman met the bier at the loveliest of all my flock. The very gate, and preceded it into the Kirk. It sound or accent of their southern was then laid down--and while all voices, so pretty and engaging to our knelt-I keeping my place at the heads ears in the simplicity of childhood, had of the sweet boys-he read, beautifulwon many a heart, and touched, too, ly, affectingly, and solemnly, a portion the imaginations of many with a new of the funeral service. The children delight; and, therefore, on the morn- had been beloved and admired, while ing when they were buried, it may be alive, as the English Twins, and so had şaid there was here a fast-day of grief. they always been called ; and that feel
« The dead children were English- ing of their having belonged, as it were, in England had all their ancestors been to another country, not only justified born ; and. I knew, from the little I but made pathetic to all now assembled had seen of the mother, that though upon their knees, the ritual employed she had brought her mind to confide by that Church to which they, and her children 10 the care of a Scottish their parents, and all their ancestors, Minister in their tender 'infancy, she had belonged. A sighing--and a sobe was attached truly and deeply to the , bing too, was heard over the silence of ordinances of her own Church. I felt my Kirk, when the Clergyman repeated that it would be accordant with her these words: As soon as thou scatfeelings, and that afterwards she would terest them, they are even as a sleep, have satisfaction in the thought, that and fade away suddenly like the grass. they should be buried according to the 66. In the morning it is green and form of the English funeral service. Į groweth up: but in the evening it is communicated this wish to an Episco- cut down, dried up, and withered."" palian Clergyman in the city, and he While the old man was thus describe came to my house. He arranged the ing their burial, the clock in the steeple funeral, as far as possible in the cir: struck, and he paused a moment at the cumstances, according to that service; solemn sound. Soon as it had slowly and, although, no doubt, there was a told the hour of advancing evening, he seling of curiosity mingled in many arose from the grave-stone, as if his minds with the tenderness and awe mind sought a relief from the weight of which that touching and solemn cere. tenderness, in a change of bodily position. We stood together facing the lit- heard of her death. Her husband lies the monument-and his narrative was buried near Grenada, in Spain; she soon brought to a close.
lies in the chancel of the Cathedral of “ We were now all collected together Salisbury, in England; and there sleep round the grave. The silence of yes- her Twins in the little burial-ground of terday, at the Elder's Funeral, was it Auchindown, a Scottish parish." not felt by you to be agreeable to all our natural feelings ? So were the words which were now spoken over
For the Christian Journal. these children. The whole ceremony Address delivered, July 24th, 1822, in was different, but it touched the very
the City of New York, at the meeting same feelings in our hearts. It lent an expression to what, in that other case,
of the Trustees of the General Theo
logical Seminary of the Protestant was willing to be silent. There was a
Episcopal Church, by the Right sweet, a sad, and a mournful consist
Rev. William White, Presiding Biency in the ritual of death, from the mo
shop. ment we receded from the door of the manse, accompanied by the music of BRETHREN, that dirge sung by the clear tremulous voices of the young and innocent, till The Trustees, the Professors, and the
Students of this Seminary, we entered the Kirk with the coffin to the sound of the Priest's chaunted ver- ALTHOUGH, at my time of life, there ses from Job and St. John, during the can be little prospect of being servicetime when we knelt round the dead able to the institution in the active ma... children in the house of God, also dur- nagement of its concerns; yet, as offiing our procession thence to the grave- cial character may be supposed to give side, still attended with chaunting, or some weight to an interest taken in its reciting, or responding voices; and, prosperity, I have complied with the finally, at the moment of dropping of a solicitation of some of my
brethren in piece of earth upon the coffin, it was the trust, and especially of my Right from my own band,) while the Priest Rev. brother the Bishop of the diocess said, “We commit their bodies to the in which we are assembled, to be preground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, sent on this occasion. dust to dust, in sure and certain hope of I was the more easily induced to the resurrection to eternal life, through make a journey for the purpose, on ac our Lord Jesus Christ.'
count of its being known to many, that “ Next day their mother arrived at while we wavered between the compathe manse. She knew, before she rative merits of two different plans, I came, that her children were dead and was in favour of that which preferred buried. It is true that she wept; and to a general school, the countenancing at the first sight of their grave, for they of local schools in whatever diocesses it both lay in one coffin, her grief was might be thought expedient to found passionate and bitter. But that fit soon them. My principal reason, was the passed away. Her tears were tears of apprehension entertained, that by mulpity for them, but as for herself, she tiplying the subjects of discussion to be hoped that she was soon to see them in brought before our General Conven heaven. Her face pale, yet flushed- tions, extraneous to the tie binding us her eyes hollow, yet bright, and a ge- together in the absolutely necessary neral languor and lassitude over her provisions of our ecclesiastical system, whole frame, all told that she was in the danger of future collisions of views the first stage of a consumption. This and of opinions would be proportionshe knew and was happy. But other ably increased. The contrary scheme daties called her back to England, for having obtained the stamp of the genethe short remainder of her life. She ral sanction of the Church; the opberself drew the design of that monu- posing suggestion should have no other ment with her own hand, and left it effect, than to induce the greater cau-with me when she went away. I soon tion against the spirit of disunion;
to dispose us the more to look up to homes : and, perhaps, the best expediGod for the continuance of that ten- ent to this effect, would be individual dency to conciliation, which, under the professorships in different places, with influence of his grace, has hitherto a view to the completing of education blessed our counsels.
in the General Seminary.* When Of so happy an issue the prospect is there shall be means competent to what the brighter, in consequence of the un- is suggested, a beneficial effect will be foreseen alterations of the constitution the lessening of inducements to theolo of the seminary, by the Convention gical instruction under clergymen desigwhich assembled in the last autumn; nated by private partiality, who may and especially by its being provided, not always be equal to the trust. That that the weight of influence of every the proposed enlargement of the plan, section of the Union shall be propor- on the principles provided by the contioned to the number of clergymen stitution, will tend to the preventing therein, and to the extent of its con- and the removing of local jealousies, tributions to the fund. For, as the must be obvious. General Seminary was established, and With a view to the sentiment in the continues, with the allowance of locally beginning, having principally an aspect constituted schools; it appeared to me, to the future peace and unity of our that there would be essential injury to communion, let there be taken the li. the former, from indifference in some berty of stating respectfully to the departments, and from rivalship, or learned Professors of the Seminary, not perhaps hostility in others. For, even as a matter at present without influence the latter ought to be supposed the pos- on their minds, but to confirm the sible result of the infirmity of human weight of it, that the object aimed at nature, acted on by local jealousies, if will very much depend on the comnot by a lurking desire of making in- plexion of their public instructions, and roads on our ecclesiastical institutions. of their personal intercourse with the
To give effect to the principles of the pupils. It is well known, that from new organization, it will be especially the time of the reformation to the prenecessary-and this is respectfully ad- sent day, there have been shades of dressed to my brethren of the Board difference in the opinions of the divines to exercise such discretion in the ap- of the mother Church of England, pointments of Professors, in the pre- without any deteriorating effect on her scribing of a proper course of educa- institutions ; although, in some intion, in looking well to its being carried stances, with different interpretations into effect, and in interference for of them. The meaning is, not that the correcting of disorders, if they such matters should be kept out of should occur, as may take a fast hold view; but, that they should be preon public opinion : establishing a re- sented with a fair statement of opposputation proportioned to the grade of ing arguments; and although with expatronage, and to the degree of expec- plicit expression of opinion, yet withtation consequently excited.
out such an interposition of influence, Another feature of the ameliorated as might be unfavourable to free inconstitution, tending to reconcile to the quiry. We ought not to wonder, that preference obtained by it, is the open- the discrepancies referred to should exing left for future branches of the insti- ist; when, even in the Church of tution. For although, in the opinion Rome, notwithstanding her pretence to of the present speaker, it is inexpedient the possession of an infallible head, the to extend this provision further than in the instance sanctioned by the * The deliverer of the address wishes it to be conditions of the late compact, yet, understood, that the above scheme of accomthere will occur many cases, in which, ried into effect, until
, what has not yet tiken on account of expense and severance place, the obtaining of a sufficient fund for the from family, it will be a reasonable ac- support of the parent school; and, in this event, commodation to young men, to have
that there should be preference of those parts
of the Union, from which contributions have opportunities near to their respective been the largest.