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THE HEAVENLY RECOGNITION AMONG THE CHRISTIAN FATHERS.
Why we desire to know their sentiments. The affection they showed
towards their pious dead. They visit the place where they are

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WILL WE KNOW OUR FRIENDS

IN HEAVEN ?

CHAPTER I.

The Sainted Dead.

My mother! when I learn'd that thou wast dead,
Say, wast thou conscious of the tears I shed?
Hover'd thy spirit o'er thy sorrowing son,
Wretch even then, life's journey just begun!
Perhaps thou gav'st me, though unfelt, a kiss;
Perhaps a tear, if souls can weep in bliss-
Ah, that maternal smile! it answers-yes!
I heard the bell toll'd on the burial day,
I saw the hearse that bore thee slow away,
And, turning from my nurs'ry window, drew
A long, long sigh, and wept a last adieu!

But was it such?-It was.-Where thou art gone,
Adieus and farewells are a sound unknown.
May I but meet thee on that peaceful shore,

The parting word shall pass my lips no more!

COWPER.

THE Sainted Dead! they are our treasures! Like the inheritance upon which they have entered, they are incorruptible, undefiled, and they fade not away, but are reserved in Heaven.

Ho! ye that would be rich-ye that seek for treasures -seek them not on earth. Earth yields only that which

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