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defeats, through long long to come, I see the evil of this time and of
the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually
making expiation for itself and wearing out.
“I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful,
prosperous and happy, in that England which I shall see no more. I
see Her with a child upon her bosom, who bears my name. I see
her father, aged and bent, but otherwise restored, and faithful to all
men in his healing office, and at peace. I see the good old man, so
long their friend, in ten years’ time enriching them with all he has,
and passing tranquilly to his reward.
“I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of
their descendants, generations hence. I see her, an old woman,
weeping for me on the anniversary of this day. I see her and her
husband, their course done, lying side by side in their last earthly
bed, and I know that each was not more honoured and held sacred
in the other’s soul, than I was in the souls of both.
“I see that child who lay upon her bosom and who bore my name,
a man winning his way up in that path of life which once was
mine. I see him winning it so well, that my name is made
illustrious there by the light of his. I see the blots I threw upon it,
faded away. I see him, foremost of just judges and honoured men,
bringing a boy of my name, with a forehead that I know and
golden hair, to this place-then fair to look upon, with not a trace of
this day’s disfigurement-and I hear him tell the child my story,
with a tender and a faltering voice.
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a
far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”