Excerpt: ...us to give them up; revelations bidding us to sing more, revelations telling us to use wordless songs. Then anthems were given us, and so it has gone on, for we have been led of the Spirit." "I'd like more picture-books," pouted Hetty, under her breath. To-day the service began with a solemn song, followed by speaking and prayer from a ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...us to give them up; revelations bidding us to sing more, revelations telling us to use wordless songs. Then anthems were given us, and so it has gone on, for we have been led of the Spirit." "I'd like more picture-books," pouted Hetty, under her breath. To-day the service began with a solemn song, followed by speaking and prayer from a visiting elder. Then, after a long and profound silence, the company rose and joined in a rhythmic dance which signified the onward travel of the soul to full redemption; the opening and closing of the hands meaning the scattering and gathering of blessing. There was no accompaniment, and both the music and the words were the artless expression of fervent devotion. SUSANNA SAT IN HER CORNER BESIDE THE AGED TABITHA Susanna sat in her corner beside the aged Tabitha, who would never dance again before the Lord, though her quavering voice joined in the chorus. The spring floor rose and fell under the quick rhythmic tread of the worshipers, and with each revolution about the room the song gained in power and fervor. The steps grew slower and more sedate, the voices died away, the arms sank slowly by the sides, and the hands ceased their movement. Susanna rose to her feet, she knew not how or why. Her cheeks were flushed, her head bent. "Dear friends," she said, "I have now been among you for nearly three months, sharing your life, your work, and your worship. You may well wish to know whether I have made up my mind to join this Community, and I can only say that although I have prayed for light, I cannot yet see my way clearly. I am happy here with you, and although I have been a church member for years, I have never before longed so ardently to present my body and soul as a sacrifice unto the Lord. I have tried not to be a burden to you. The small weekly sum that I put into the treasury I will not speak of, lest I seem to think that the 'gift of God may be purchased with money, ' as the Scriptures say; but I have...Read Less
Alice Barber Stephens and N. C. Wyeth. Good+ No Jacket. 8vo in dec. grey cloth. With four color plates including frntis. Top edge gilt. Slt wear to extremities, slt soiling to back pnl; and hinges reinforced with paper tape; else int. clean, and binding still tigth thus; overall unmarked G+ no dust jacket.
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