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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
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
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
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.