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But he who cometh up hither, unworthy, with
hate in his bosom, Scoffing at men and at God, is guilty of Christ's
blessed body, And the Redeemer's blood! To himself he
eateth and drinketh Death and doom! And from this, preserve us,
thou heavenly Father! Are ye ready, ye children, to eat of the bread
of Atonement ? " Thus with emotion he asked, and together an
swered the children Yes ! with deep sobs interrupted. Then read
he the due supplications, Read the Form of Communion, and in chimed
the organ and anthem ; 0! Holy Lamb of God, who takest away our
transgressions, Hear us ! give us thy peace ! have mercy, have
mercy upon us !
Th’ old man, with trembling hand, and heavenly
pearls on his eyelids, Filled now the chalice and paten, and dealt round
the mystical symbols. O! then seemed it to me, as if God, with the
broad eye of mid-day, Clearer looked in at the windows, and all the
trees in the churchyard Bowed down their summits of green, and the
grass on the graves 'gan to shiver. But in the children, (I noted it well ; I knew it)
there ran a Tremor of holy rapture along through their icy.
cold members. Decked like an altar before them, there stood
the green earth, and above it Heaven opened itself, as of old before Stephen ;
they saw there Radiant in glory the Father, and on his right
hand the Redeemer.
Under them hear they the clang of harpstrings,
and angels from gold clouds Beckon to them like brothers, and fan with their
pinions of purple.
Closed was the Teacher's task, and with heav
en in their hearts and their faces, Up rose the children all, and each bowed him,
weeping full sorely, Downward to kiss that reverend hand, but all of
them pressed he Moved to his bosom, and laid, with a prayer,
his hands full of blessings, Now on the holy breast, and now on the inno