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Betty's Bright Idea - Also, Deacon Pitkin's Farm, And The First Christmas Of New England
by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Binding: Paperback, 124 pages
Publisher: Carveth Press
Weight: 0.37 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.5 x W: 0.48 inches
ISBN 10: 1406720852
ISBN 13: 9781406720853
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BETTY'S BRIGHT IDEA. When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and GAVE GIFTS unto men. EPH. iv. 8. Some say that ever, gainst that season comes Wherein our Saviour s birth is celebrate, The bird of dawning singeth all night long. And then, they say, no evil spirit walks The nights are wholesome then no planets strike, No fairy takes, no witch hath power to charm, So hallowed and so gracious is the time. AND this holy time, so hallowed and so gracious, was settling down over the great roaring, rattling, seething life world of New York in the good year 1875. Who does not feel its on coming in the shops and streets, in the festive air of trade and business, in the thousand garnitures by which every store hangs out triumphal banners and solicits you to buy something for a Christmas gift For it is the peculiarity of all this array of prints, confectionery, dry goods, and manu factures of all kinds, that their bravery and splendor at Christmas tide is all to seduce you into generosity, and importune you to give something to others. It says to you, quot The dear God gave you an unspeakable gift give you a lesser gift to your brotherquot Do we ever think, when we walk those busy, bust ling streets, all alive with Christmas shoppers, and mingle with the rushing tides that throng and jostle through the stores, that unseen spirits may be hasten ing to and fro along those same ways bearing Christ s Christmas gifts to men gifts whose value no earthly gold or gems can represent Yet, on this morning of the day before Christmas, were these Shining Ones, moving to and fro with the crowd, whose faces were loving and serene as the in visible stars, whose robes took no defilement from the spatter and the rush of earth, whose coming and going was still as the falling snow flakes. They entered houses without ringing door bells, they passed through apartments without opening doors, and everywhere they were bearing Christ s Christmas presents, and silently offering them to whoever would open their souls to receive. Like themselves, their gifts were invisible incapable of weight and measurement in gross earthly scales. To mourners they carried joy to weary and perplexed hearts, peace to souls stifling in luxury and self indulgence they carried that noble discontent that rises to aspiration for higher things. Sometimes they took away an earthly treasure to make room for a heavenly one. They took health, but left resignation and cheerful faith. They took the babe from the dear cradle, but left in its place a heart full of pity for the suffering on earth and a fellowship with the blessed in heaven. Let us follow their footsteps awhile. SCENE I. A YOUNG girl s boudoir in one of our American palaces of luxury, built after the choicest fancy of the architect, and furnished in all the latest devices of household decoration. Pictures, statuettes, and every form of bijouterie make the room a miracle of beauty, and the little princess of all sits in an easy chair before the fire, and thus revolves with herself quot O, dear me Christmas is a bore Such a rush and crush in the streets, such a jam in the shops, and then such a fuss thinking up presents for everybody All for nothing, too for nobody wants anything. Im sure don t. Im surfeited now with pictures and jewelry, and bon bon boxes, and little china dogs and cats and all these things that get so thick you can t move without upsetting some of them. There s papa, he don t want anything...


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