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THE

HEAVENLY TWINS

BY

MADAME SARAH GRAND Puruch

IDEALA," ETC., ETC.

AUTHOR OF

“They call us the Heavenly Twins.”
“What, signs of the Zodiac?" said the Tenor.
“No; signs of the times,” said the Boy.

NEW YORK

CASSELL PUBLISHING COMPANY

104 & 106 Fourth AVENUE

con 18933

PROEM.

Mendelssohn's Elijah."

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From the high Cathedral tower the solemn assurance floated forth to be a warning, or a promise, according to the mental state of those whose ears it filled ; and the mind, familiar with the phrase, continued it involuntarily, carrying the running accompaniment, as well as the words and the melody, on to the end. After the last reverberation of the last stroke of every hour had died away, and just when expectation had been succeeded by the sense of silence, they rang it out by day and night - the bells — and the four winds of heaven by day and night spread it abroad over the great wicked city, and over the fair flat country, by many a tiny township and peaceful farmstead and scattered hamlet, on, on, it was said, to the sea-to the sea, which was twenty miles away!

But there were many who doubted this ; though good men and true, who knew the music well, declared they had heard it, every note distinct, on summer evenings when they sat alone on the beach and the waves were still; and it sounded then, they said, like the voice of a tenor who sings to himself softly in murmurous monotones. And some thought this must be true, because those who said it knew the music well, but others maintained that it could not be true just for that very reason; while others again, although they confessed that they knew nothing of the distance sound may travel under special circumstances, ventured, nevertheless, to assert that the chime the people heard on those occasions was ringing in their own hearts; and, indeed, it would have been strange if those in whose mother's ears it had rung before they were born, who

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