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A Beautiful Incident

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Dr. Adams, iu his beautiful bock of " Thanksiving Memories," gires us the foljwing incident : " In tho Cathedral of Limerick thero hangs a chime of bells, which was cast in Italy by an enthusiust in his trade, who' fixed his homo near the raonastery wliere thoy were first hung, that ho might daily enjoy their sweet and soloinn music. In sorae political rovolution the bells traca taken away to soine distant land, and the maker himself became a refugee and exilo. His wanderings brought him, after ininy years, to Irolaiid. On a calm and buautiful eveniug, as the vessel whioh bore liim floated on tho placid bosoin of ijhunnon, sudflenly tho evening chimes pealed froui tlio cathedral towers. His practiced ear caughtthe swoot sound, and he knew that his lost treasures Were found. His early home, his old frionds, his beloved natiTo land, all the best associations of his life were in thoso sounds. He laid himself back in the boat, crossed his arms upon his broast and listened to the music. Tho boat reachod the wharf, but still he lay there, silent and motionless. They spoke to him, but he did not answer. They went to him, but tho spirit had fled. The tide of memories that caine vibrating through his heart at that chitne had snapped its strings ! " It was this incident that suggested to Mooro his song of " The Evening Bells." As iloore is not so much read as he was a quarter of a century ago, we reprint tho lines, as they may not bo familiar to somo of our readers : " Those ovenin? bella ! Ttune evening bella ! How niiiny a talo their music tells, Of yonth und homo, and tliat swcet timo When lust 1 hcard the soothing chime. Those joyons hours have passed iiway. And a hcart thnt theu Wfl i;j'i Within the tomb nou' darkly dweüa. And hcur-s no ïuure those cvcniug bells ! And thus't hall be be when I ara gone, ïhat tuneful peal shaU atill ring on, And other l)ard shiUl walk these dells, Andsing tliy praise, sweet evcniug bolU l " m


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