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CHILDREN OF THE LORD'S SUPPER.

Pentecost, day of rejoicing, had come. The

church of the village Gleaming stood in the morning's sheen. On the

spire of the belfry, Tipped with a vane of metal, the friendly flames

of the Spring-sun Glanced like the tongues of fire, beheld by Apos

tles aforetime.

Clear was the heaven and blue, and May, with

her cap crowned with roses, Stood in her holiday dress in the fields, and the

wind and the brooklet Murmured gladness and peace, God's-peace !

with lips rosy-tinted Whispered the race of the flowers, and merry

on balancing brauches Birds were singing their carol, a jubilant hymn to

the Highest. Swept and clean was the churchyard. Adorned

like a leaf-woven arbour Stood its old-fashioned gate ; and within upon

each cross of iron Hung was a fragrant garland, new twined by the

hands of affection. Even the dial, that stood on a hillock among the

departed, (There full a hundred years had it stood,) was Like to the patriarch hoary, the sage of his kith

embellished with blossoms.

and the hamlet, Who on his birth-day is crowned by children and

children's children, So stood the ancient prophet, and mute with his

pencil of iron Marked on the tablet of stone, and measured the

time and its changes, While all around at his feet, an eternity slumber

ed in quiet. Also the church within was adorned, for this was

the season

When the young, their parents' hope, and the

loved-ones of heaven, Should at the foot of the altar renew the vows

of their baptism. Therefore each nook and corner was swept and

cleaned, and the dust was Blown from the walls and ceiling, and from the

oil-painted benches.

There stood the church like a garden ; the Feast

of the Leafy Pavilions * Saw we in living presentment. From noble arms

on the church wall Grew forth a cluster of leaves, and the preach

er's pulpit of oak-wood Budded once more anew, as aforetime the rod

before Aaron. Wreathed thereon was the Bible with leaves, and

the dove, washed with silver, Under its canopy fastened, had on it a necklace of

wind-flowers. But in front of the choir, round the altar-piece

painted by Hörberg, t Crept a garland gigantic ; and bright-curling tress

es of angels

*

The Feast of the Tabernacles; in Swedish, Lofhyddohögtiden, the Leaf-huts’-high-tide.

+ The peasant-painter of Sweden. He is known chiefly by his altar-pieces in the village churches.

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