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lips foul with falsehood and odorous from the carousal; but we know that from him they were the outburst of emotion from a sincerely-thankful heart.

When the great battle of Stone River was in progress, Mr. Lincoln was informed of it, and became so anxious that he could not eat. A lady friend told him that he must trust in God, and at least could pray. “Yes,” he said,

" “I can," and, taking up his Bible, left the room. The news of the rout of Bragg soon followed, and Lincoln came in, exclaiming, “Good news! Good news! The victory is ours, and God is good.” “Nothing like praying,” said the lady. “Yes, there is,” said Lincoln-“ PRAISE-prayer, and praise.”

In February, 1862, he lost a little son, in whose life his affections were bound up by the tenderest ties of parental love-little WILLIE. His loss afflicted Mr. Lincoln deeply. A Christian lady told him the people were praying for him. “I am glad to hear that,” he said; “I want them to pray for me; I need their prayers;' and added, “I will try to go to God with my sorrows." Afterward he said: “I think I can trust in God; I wish I had that childlike faith



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you speak of, and I think God will give it to me.What language could be more childlike in faith than this?

We select illustrations without regard to chronological order. A few members of the Christian Commission, in whose labors he took unflagging interest, in conversing with him one day, referred to the trust they could repose in God's providence. Mr. Lincoln replied: "If it were not for my firm belief in an overruling Providence, it would be difficult for me, in such a complication of affairs, to keep my reason on its seat. But I am confident that the Almighty has his plans and will work them out. * * I have always taken counsel of him, and referred to him my plans, and have never adopted a course of proceeding without being assured, as far as I could be, of his approbation.” Mr. Lincoln had a supreme contempt

' for hypocrisy in religion, and many were the times, in his professional career as a lawyer and a politician, that he subjected it to his merciless ridicule. Of this we give a single illustration. The wife of a rebel officer, imprisoned on Johnson's Island, beset him for his release, alledging that her husband was a

very religious man!Mr. Lincoln could not but be touched with the ridiculous nature of this appeal, and said : “Tell him that, in my opinion, the religion that sets men to fight and rebel against their Government because, as they think, that Government does not sufficiently help them to eat their bread in the sweat of other men's faces, is not the sort of religion upon which men can get to heaven.”

We may further trace the religious tendencies and character of Lincoln's mind by his literary preferences. In a conversation with Mr. F. B. Carpenter,* the artist, he remarked: “There are some quaint, queer verses, written, I think, by Oliver W. Holmes, entitled. The Last Leaf,' one of which is to me inexpressibly touching; it is this:


“The mossy marbles rest
On the lips that he has pressed

In their bloom,
And the names he loved to hear
Have been carved for many a year

On the tomb!"


* Mr. Carpenter was employed, for a period of six months, in producing his great picture, “ The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation,” during which time he was on intimate relations with Lincoln. He has since produced a book of extraordinary interest, “ Six Months at the White House," to which we are indebted for the above, and also for some incidents hereinafter related.



“For pure pathos,” said he, “there is nothing finer than these six lines in the English language.”

His “favorite poem,” now so widely known, he clipped from the columns of a newspaper while a young man, and by frequent readings came to know it by heart. It was written by William Knox, a young man who died in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1825. This poem Mr. Lincoln recited to friends at various times. It is as follows:


O, why should the spirit of mortal be proud ?
Like a swift-flying meteor, fast-flying cloud,
A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave,
He passes from life to his rest in his grave.
The leaves of the oak and the willow shall fade,
Be scattered abroad and together be laid,
And the young and the old, and the low and the high,
Shall molder to dust, and together shall lie.
The infant a mother attended and loved,
The mother that infant's affection who proved,
The husband that mother and infant who blessed,
Each, all are away to their dwelling of rest.
The maid on whose cheek, on whose brow, in whose eye
Shoue beauty and pleasure, her triumphs are by;

And the inemory of those who loved her and praised Are alike from the minds of the living erased.

The hand of the king that the scepter hath borne,
The brow of the priest that the miter hath worn,
The eye of the sage and the heart of the brave,
Are hidden and lost in the depths of the grave.
The peasant whose lot was to sow and to reap,
The herdsman who climbed with his goats up the steep,
The beggar who wandered in search of his bread,
Have faded away like the grass that we tread.
The saint who enjoyed the communion of heaven,
The sinner who dared to remain unforgiven,
The wise and the foolish, the guilty and just,
Have quietly mingled their bones in the dust.
So the multitude go, like the flower or the weed
That withers away to let others succeed :
So the multitude come, even there we behold,
To respect every tale that has often been told.

For we are the same that our fathers have been;
We see the same sights that our fathers have seen;
We drink the same stream, we view the same sun,
And run the same course our fathers have run.

The thoughts we are thinking, our fathers would think; From the death we are shrinking, our fathers would

shrink; To the life we are clinging, they also would cling, But it speeds from us all like a bird on the wing.

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