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REMINISCENCES OF DOMESTIC SCENES

AND INCIDENTS

ILLUSTRATIVE OF

REAL RELIGION AS A LIFE, A POWER,

A WALK, A DELIGHT.

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ABERDEEN: A. & R. MILNE. AYR: W. M. DICK,

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AIR PRINTED BY T. M. GENNELL.

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The writer of the following Memoir deems it right to state that the papers MARIA left were found to be quite unfinished. The portions taken from them and engrossed in it have undergone a considerable measure of revision; which, however, has in general been extended only to the form of expression, where verbal inaccuracies, or obscurities, or uncouth arrangement seemed to require it—the sentiment enunciated or the opinion given being for the most part kept sacred.

The views of the individual mind have thus been respected, whether approval of these could or could not be always unreservedly rendered.

L. V. L., 1872.

MARIA;

OR,

REMINISCENCES OF DOMESTIC SCENES AND

INCIDENTS, &c., &c.

“ Maria's urn still breathes the voice of love."-ROGER.

The power and activity of a moral principle, whether good or bad, may, in some measure, be estimated by the variety, greatness, and continuance of its spontaneous operations and native effects. Thus the influence of an individual character, or an individual act, may be found to ramify, extend, and continue to extend, in all coming ages of duration. A single seed cast into the soil may yield a hundred-fold. Increase in this ratio would, in a few years, accumulate to an amount that could not well be numbered. Thus does moral principle develop itself. The moment a thought escapes one mind and passes into another, it becomes a living power that may come to have a place in myriad minds, and extend, without pause or limit, the sphere of its operation. See how it speeds its way, and widens its domain of action! It is so with what is bad. In the course of life, how manifold and pernicious are the results which arise from the single gratification of an evil desire ! How its influence and bitter fruit augment in the myriads that, in successive periods, pass under its impulsive sway and imitate its manifestations ! What an amount of iniquity and woe has sprung from Eve's ambitious aim and

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