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HELEN LESLIE;

OR,

TRUTH AND ERROR.

BY ADELINE,

AUTHOR OF "SCENES IN THE WEST INDIES," **
"ERNALD, OR THE MARTYR OF THE ALPS,"

AND OTHER POEMS.

LONDON:
PUBLISHED BY J. MASON, 14, CITY-ROAD;

SOLD AT 66, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

1848.

London: R. Needham, Printer, Paternoster-Row.

INTRODUCTION.

DELINEATION of character is one amongst the many methods of elucidating truth. However feeble may be the present effort, and however imperfect in its accomplishment, its aim is to cast some small tribute into the scale of evangelism and piety, and to exhibit to the young reader that narrow path, which alone will conduct him to the “better land.” Infidelity, in a thousand forms, is abroad in the earth ; her votaries are ceaseless and unwearied in their efforts ; they would hide from view that Cross on which hang the believer’s dearest hopes, and leave him to wander in the loneliness of a gloomy scepticism,—to perish in the darkness of everlasting despair. But “to the law and to

the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” That Word be our guide, until the shadows of a brief and changeful pilgrimage give place to the blissful realities of an everduring existence !

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“ She bow'd her head in quietness; she knew

Her blighted prospects could revive no more,
Yet was she calm, for she had heaven in view."

It was evening, and a golden sunset gave additional beauty and interest to the richly wooded scenery of Linburn-Hall. The windows of the elegant saloon were thrown open, and Mrs. Llewellyn, the resident of the mansion, and her niece, sat gazing on the varied tints of the western sky, and enjoying the balmy breeze that swept lightly through the overhanging foliage. A sprightly conversation between Louisa Llewellyn and her cousin had ceased ; and whilst the former amused herself with the harp, the latter sat absorbed in her own reflections.

" Come with me, my dear," said Mrs.

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