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" it should be our constant desire, so to pass each day and hour as that the retrospect may, at least, give us no cause for pain."
" I think we shall all be very happy to-day ; do not you, dear aunt V asked Helen.
Mrs. Ashton smiled as she repeated :
" Say, is this a time to be gloomy and sad, When all nature is smiling around ; When even the deep blue heavens look glad, And joy springs from the blossoming ground ?''
" This may well be called ' blossoming ground,'"said Helen. "Look,aunt, there is my favourite little ivy-leaved campanula, and the star-thistle in abundance."