The Gospel 24/7
---------------MISS SUSANNAH ARNOLD
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Thy sun has ris'n, not set;
Thy life is now beyond
The reach of fear or change;
Not ended, but begun:
Such shall our life be soon;
And then the meeting day
How full of light and joy!
All fear of change cast out:
All shadows passed away;
The union sealed forever
Between us and our Lord."
And friends, dear friends, when it shall be
That this low breath is gone from me,
And 'round my bier ye come to weep,
Let one most loving of you all
Say, "Not a tear must o'er her fall
He giveth his beloved sleep." --- E. BARRET BROWNING.
"SEPTEMBER 17th, 1832. * * * * "Much has happened since April, but nothing to me of so much interest as the death of my dear sister Susannah, after twenty-one years of suffering.
* * * I never saw nor ever heard of a more complete triumph over selfishness, a more glorious daily renewing of soul and spirit amidst the decays and sufferings of the body, than was displayed throughout her twenty years' martyrdom." "Again he writes: 'I must conclude with a more delightful subject --- my most dear and blessed sister. I never saw a more perfect instance of the spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind; intense love, almost to the annihilation of selfisliness --- a daily martyrdom for twenty years --- during which she adhered to her earlyformed resolution of never talking about herself; thoughtful about the very pins and ribbons of my wife's dress, about the making of a doll's cap for a child, --- but of herself, save only as regarded her ripening in all goodness, wholly thoughtless, enjoying everything lovely, graceful, beautiful, high-minded, whether in God's works or man's, with the keenest relish: inheriting the earth to the very fulness of the promise, though never leaving her crib, nor changing her posture; and preserved through the very valley of the shadow of death, from all fear or impatience, or from every cloud of impaired reason, which might mar the beauty of Christ's Spirit's glorious work. May God grant that I might come but within one hundred degrees of her place and glory.' "