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OUR MOTHER.                            215
" In our wanderings among the sculptured monuments of Laurel Hill, we came to a large marble slab, bearing this simple, though touching inscription—' Our Mother, she taught how to live, and how to die."—Anon.
She taught us how to bear the ills of life, • And, with prophetic glance still look beyond, Calmly to urge the sharp tempestuous strife, And struggle on.
Not only did she teach us to endure,
With sweet submission, and a cheerful heart; But show'd us how, with motive high and pure, To act our part.
And 0 ! she taught us with an even tread And heart unmoved to pass through plea­sure's wiles; Unmindful of the beams from Fortune shed, And Flattery's smiles.
She taught us to improve each gift bestowed,
Each talent lent us by indulgent Heaven; Taught us to consecrate bur all to God, At morn and even.
She led us to the great Redeemer's cross,
And bade us fasten our affections there; Taught us to labour in his sacred cause, With fervent prayer.
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