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"OH WHAT A WRECK! HOW CHANGED IN MIEN AND SPEECH!"

          OH what a Wreck! how changed in mien and speech!
          Yet--though dread Powers, that work in mystery, spin
          Entanglings of the brain; though shadows stretch
          O'er the chilled heart--reflect; far, far within
          Hers is a holy Being, freed from Sin.
          She is not what she seems, a forlorn wretch;
          But delegated Spirits comfort fetch
          To Her from heights that Reason may not win.
          Like Children, She is privileged to hold
          Divine communion; both do live and move,                    10
          Whate'er to shallow Faith their ways unfold,
          Inly illumined by Heaven's pitying love;
          Love pitying innocence not long to last,
          In them--in Her our sins and sorrows past.
                                                              1838.


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