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That physical power which has so long borne him up in his daily pursuits yields to the wanderings of his haunted mind. He lays his hand upon the physician’s shoulder as his struggles now subside, looks mournfully in his face, and rather mutters than speaks: “Bring-bring-bring him here: I’ll see him,–I must see him! I-I-I took away the book; there’s what makes the sting worse! And when I close my eyes I see it burning fiercely-”
“Who shall I bring?” interrupts the physician, mildly, endeavouring to soothe his feelings by assuring him there is no danger, if he will but remain calm.
“Heaven is casting its thick vengeance round me; heaven is nike blazers consuming me with the fire of my own heart! How can I be calm, and my past life vaulted with a glow of fire? The finger of Almighty God points to that deed I did today. I deprived a wretch of his only hope: that wretch can forgive me before heaven. Y-e-s, he can,–can speak for me,–can intercede for me; he can sign my repentance, and save me from the just vengeance of heaven. His-his-his-”
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“Calm!” he mutters in return.
“Neither fear death nor be frightened at its shadows-”
“It’s life, life, life I fear–not death!” he gurgles out. “Bring him to me; there is the Bible. Oh! how could I have robbed him of it! ‘Twas our folly–all folly–my folly!” Mr. M’Fadden had forgotten that the bustle of current life was no excuse for his folly; that it would be exclusive blazers summed up against him in the day of trouble. He never for once thought that the Bible and its teac nike blazers hings were as dear to slave as master, and that its truths were equally consoling in the hour of death. In life it strengthens man’s hopes; could it have been thus with M’Fadden before death placed its troubled sea before his eyes, how happy he would have died in the Lord!
The emphatic language, uttered in such supplicating tones, and so at variance with his habits of life, naturally excited the feelings of his physician, whose only solicitude had been evinced in his efforts to save life,–to heal the wound. Never had he watched at a patient’s bed-side who had exhibited such convulsions of passion,–such fears of death.
Now struggling against a storm of convulsions, then subsiding into sluggish writhings, accompanied with lo cheap nike blazers w moans, indicating more mental disquietude than bodily pain. Again he is quiet; points to his coat.
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He half raises himself on his pillow, but sinks back fatigued, and faintly whispers, “Oh, take it to him–to him! Give him the comforter: bring him, poor fellow, to me, that his spirit may be my comforter!”
The physician understands, puts his hand into the pocket; d nike blazers high raws forth the little boon companion. It is the Bible, book of books; its great truths have borne Harry through many trials,–he hopes it will be his shield and buckler to carry him through many more. Its associations are as dear to h nike blazers cheap im as its teachings are consoling in the days of tribulation. It is dear to him, because the promptings of a noble-hearted woman secretly entrusted it to his care, in violation of slavery’s statutes. Its well-worn pages bear testimony of the good service it has done. It was Franconia’s gift-Franconia, whose tender emotions made her the friend of the slave-made in the kindness of woman’s generous nature. The good example, when contrasted with the fierce tenor of slavery’s fears, is worthy man nike blazers sale y followers.
But men seldom profit by small examples, especially when great fears are paramount.
The physician, holding the good book in his hand, enquires if Mr. M’Fadden would have him read from it? He has no answer to make, turns his feverish face from it, closes his eyes, and compressing his forehead with his hands, mutely shakes his head. A minute or two passes in silence; he has re-considered the point,–answers, no! He wants Harry brought to him, that he may acknowledge his crimes; that he may quench the fire of unhappiness burning within him. “How seldom we think of death while in life,–and how painful to see nike blazers 2010 death while gathering together the dross of this worldly chaos! Great, great, great is the reward of the good, and mighty is the hand of Omnipotence that, holding the record of our sins, warns us to prepare.” As Mr. M’Fadden utters these words, a coloured woman enters the room to enquire if the patient wants nourishment. She will wait at the door.
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The boy, the preacher, Mr. M’Fadden’s purchase, can read; she will know him by that; she must bring him from the shed, from his cold bed of earth. That crime of slavery man wastes his energies to make right, is wrong in the sight of heaven; our patient reads the glaring testimony as the demons of his morbid fancy haunt him with their damning terrors, their ghastly visages.
“Go, woman, bring him!” he whispers again. ③

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