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“Who are the Blest?
They who have kept their sympathies awake,
And scattered joy for more than custom's sake-
Steadfast and tender in the hour of need;
Gentle in thought, benevolent in deed;
Whose looks have power to make dissensions cease-
Whose smiles are pleasant, and whose words are peace:
They who have lived as harmless as the dove,
Teachers of Truth, and Ministers of Love:
Love for all moral power-all mental grace-
Love for the humblest of the human race
Love for that tranquil joy that virtue brings
Love for the Giver of all goodly things;
True followers of that soul-exalting plan
Which Christ laid down to bless and govern man:
They who can calmly linger at the last,
Survey future, and recall the past;
And with that hope which triumphs over pain,
Feel well assured they have not lived in vain;
Then wait in peace their hour of final rest:-
They are the only Blest."

T. C. PRINCE.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
HURST AND BLACKETT, PUBLISHERS,

SUCCESSORS TO HENRY COLBURN,
13, GREAT DARLBOROUGH STREET.

1860.
The right of Translation is reserved.

240 x . 331.

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LONDON : PRINTED BY R. BORN, GLOUCESTER STREET,

REGENTS PARK.

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THE

VALLEY OF A HUNDRED FIRES.

CHAPTER I.

" 'Tis never woman's part,
Out of her fond misgivings, to perplex
The fortunes of the man to whom she cleaves;
'Tis her's to weave all that she has of fair
And bright in the dark meshes of their web,
Inseparate from their windings.”—Talfourd.

On the 23rd of April, fifty-four years ago, the heavy old Bristol coach was preparing its freight of passengers and luggage, previous to

to starting on its weekly journey into Wales.

The hour was early, six o'clock, and

VOL. I.

B

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