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enfold them. Can you portray, can you even imagine that meeting in heaven?

You will not then, become a prey to despondence, though loneliness broods over your dwelling, when you realize that its once cherished inmates have but gone a little in advance, to those mansions which the Saviour bath prepared for all who love him. Can you not sometimes find it in your hearts to bless God that your loss is the gain of your children? While they were here below, it was your chief joy to see them happy. Yet you were not sure of the continuance of their happiness for a single hour. Now, you are assured both of the fullness of their felicity, and of its fearless continuance.

We are delighted, when our children are in the successful pursuit of knowledge, in the bright path of virtue, in the possession of the esteem of the wise and good. In sending them from home, we seek to secure for them, the advantages of virtuous and refined society, the superintendance of pious and affectionate friends. Were one illustrious in power and excellence, to take a parental