Extract from "Little S--; or the Happy Exchange." (1853)

But, as the richest grapes often grow in a cluster, so it seems that choice spirits are sometimes sent from celestial abodes into this telestial vale in kindred groups, in order to assist each other to surmount the difficulties and snares of life's thorny paths. But as the time of extremity is often time of heaven's richest mercy, so it proved in this case. S--'s oldest sister had discovered the secret of her first parentage before the world was. She had learnt that their heavenly parents were kind-hearted, and were only waiting to see the dominant bias of their minds to virtue and truth, when they would assist them, and reveal a queenly inheritance for the pure in heart, however low and obscure their condition might be upon earth. Still the sisters were poor, yet shared their pittance together, and interchanged savoury instructions among the family group; even as the union of lambs, when they are clustered together in the attitude of defence, proves a shield, forbidding the encroachment of the wolf. S-- and her oldest sister soon made a safe retreat to a beautiful vale, which the first parents had fortified with the munition of rocks, which the vulture's eye had not seen, nor the lion's whelp ever trodden. There the first parents caressed them with all the fondness which their childish nature had sought for in vain from their earthly parents. S-- soon assumed her wonted buoyancy of spirit and bloom of countenance, and the full orb of her black eyes was lighted up with intelligence and joy. Her symmetrical person, which hard work had not permitted to reach to its natural height, perceptibly grew taller; her royal origin and ultimate destination to some throne in her father's wide dominion, soon became apparent to all the heirs of the royal family; and her hereditary title was soon acknowledged and ratified by the King's Prime Minister on earth.


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