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MISCELLANIES.

BY

HARRIET MARTINEAU.

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IN TWO VOLUMES,

VOLUME II.

BOSTON:

HILLIARD, GRAY, AND COMPANY.

MDCCC XXXVI.

Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1836, by HILLIARD, GRAY

& Co., in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachu

setts.

CAMBRIDGE PRESS:

METCALF, TORRY, AND

BALLOU.

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TALES.

LIESE; OR, THE PROGRESS OF WORSHIP.

On a mountain steep, near the sources of the Maine, stood a convent whose vesper bell had echoed from summit to summit for four hundred years. The old men in the dwellings of the valley below delivered to the little ones about their knees, the traditions they had received from their grandfathers respecting the original consecration of the chapel of this convent, and the arrival of the relics which crowned its sanctity. The Reformation having begun, the time was now at hand when the glory of the place must pass away. The magistracy of Nuremberg, having abolished the mass, and broken up all monastic associations in their city, extended their decrees through all the districts around. Unwelcome messengers had appeared at the gates of every convent to announce the day when its inmates must depart, and its possessions be given into the the hand of the civil power. By this summons the quiet of every monastic abode was instantaneously broken up. The superiors, inwardly mourning over the necessity which they must obey, strove in vain to preserve their authority during the few days which yet remained. The spiritual fathers observed no bounds in their revilings of VOL. n.

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