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ETHEL WOODVILLE;

OR,

WOMAN'S MINISTRY.

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“La speme de' malvagi

Svanisce in un momento,
Come spuma in tempesta, o fumo al vento.
Ma de' giusti la speme
Mai non cangia sembianza;
Ed è l'istesso Dio la lor speranza."- METASTASIO.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

HATCHARD AND CO. 187 PICCADILLY.

MDCCCLIX.

249.6. 378.

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ETHEL;

OR,

WOMAN'S MINISTRY.

CHAPTER I.

66

May He who erst on Calvary bled,

With all His love, my daughter, bless thee;
Soft dews of mercy o'er thee shed,

Sustain thy soul when woes oppress thee;
May His unfading rays illume
Life's wilderness of guilt and gloom,
Thy star of hope, thy rock of faith,
Thy light in darkness, life in death."- DALE.

“How full of dread, how full of hope, loometh inevitable death : of dread, for all have sinned; of hope, for One hath saved. Pass along, pilgrim of life, go to thy grave unfearing; the terrors are but shadows now that haunt the vale of death." - MARTIN TUPPER.

The last golden rays of the winter sun were shining brightly into a dingy-looking though well-furnished apartment, in a house in the outskirts of the large manufacturing town of Carysford, illuminating for a moment the pale face of a lady, who was reclining on a couch near the window. Kneeling at her side was

VOL. I.

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