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perish; so my Bible tells me, ma'am ; and I have found it to be, through his blessing, a safe guide to port."
" I rejoice to hear you say so," said Mrs. Ashton : " happy, indeed, is the mariner, who trusts not in any strength or skill of his own, to guide his bark through the troubled ocean of life."
The widowed mother did not take much part in this conversation; but Edward and Lewis observed her fast-falling tears, as she busily plyed her needle. They therefore forbore to ask any more questions about old Tom's voyages, the storms he had encountered, or the foreign lands he had visited, lest they should remind poor Mary of the husband she had