d in his solitude, unconscious of the cold and the gathering dusk.
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“What have I to do with these things,” he said aloud, “when I should be about my Master’s business? Where is the comfortable assurance of old days—the bright light which used to shine within my soul, turning its darkness to noon-day? I have lost my first love; I have fallen from grace; and the enemy finds a ready entrance for any idle thoughts he wills to put into my mind. And yet—have I not striven? Have I not searched my own heart with sincerity?”
All at once, stopping short in his walk across the 杭州大型水疗会所 garret floor, he threw himself on his knees beside the bed, and, burying his face in his hands, began to pray aloud. The sound of his own voice rising ever higher, as his supplications grew more fervent, hid from his ears the noise of a tap at the door, which was repeated twice or thrice. At 杭州下沙便宜的鸡 length, the person who had knocked pushed the door gently open a little way, and called him by his name, “Mr. Powell! Mr. Powell!”
“Who calls me?” asked the preacher, lifting his head, but not rising at once from his knees.
“It’s me, sir; Mrs. Thimbleby. I have made you a cup of herb tea accordin’ to the directions in the Primitive Physic, and there is a handful of fire in the kitchen grate, whilst here it
is downright freezing. Dear, dear Mr. Powell, I can’t think it right for you to set for hours up here by yourself in the cold!”
The 杭州夜网杭州龙凤网 good widow—a gentle, loquacious woman, with mild eyes and a humble manner—had advanced into the room by this time, and stood holding up a lighted candle in one hand, whilst with the other she drew her scanty black shawl closer round her shoulders.
“I will come, Mrs. Thimbleby,” answered Powell. “Do you go downstairs, and I will follow you forthwith.”
“Well, it is a miracle of the Lord if he don’t catch his death of cold,” muttered the widow as she redescended the steep, narrow staircase. “But there! he is a select vessel, if ever there was one; and a burning and a shining light. And I suppose the Lord will take care of His own, in His own way.”
Mrs. Thimbleby sat down by her own clean-swept hearth, in which a small fire wa