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Title: A child's dream of a star
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 Material Information
Title: A child's dream of a star
Physical Description: 15 leaves, 11 leaves of plates : ill. ; 20 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Linton, W. J ( William James ), 1812-1897 ( Engraver )
Fields, Osgood & Co ( Publisher )
Welch, Bigelow, & Co ( Printer )
University Press (Cambridge, Mass.) ( Printer )
Publisher: Fields, Osgood, & Co.
Place of Publication: Boston
Manufacturer: University Press ; Welch, Bigelow, & Co.
Publication Date: 1871, c1870
Copyright Date: 1870
 Subjects
Subject: Christian life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Heaven -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Children and death -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Children -- Death -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Grief -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1871
Genre: non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Massachusetts -- Boston
 Notes
Statement of Responsibility: by Charles Dickens ; with illustrations by Hammatt Billings.
General Note: Illustrations engraved by W.J. Linton.
General Note: Text within red ruled border.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00026184
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002225393
notis - ALG5666
oclc - 00713768
lccn - 06035872

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
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    Front Matter
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Half Title
        Page 6
    Title Page
        Page 7
        Page 8
    List of Illustrations
        Page 9
    Frontispiece
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    Child's Dream of a Star
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    Back Matter
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    Back Cover
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A CHILD'S DREAMOF A STAR.


A CHILD'S DREAMOFA STAR.BY CHARLES DICKENS.WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY HAMMA TT BILLINGS.BOSTON:FIELDS, OSGOOD, & CO.1871." \ )


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870,BY FIELDS, OSGOOD, & CO.,in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.UNIVERSITY PRESS: WELCH, BIGELOW, & Co.,CAMdBRIDGE.


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.ENGRAVED BY W. J. LINTON.PAGEI. THESE TWO USED TO WONDER 5II. ONE CLEAR SHINING STAR 6III. THE SISTER DROOPED 7IV. A LITTLE GRAVE 8V. A GREAT WORLD OF LIGHT. 9VI. "Is MY BROTHER COME ?" IOVII. THE COMPANY OF ANGELS IIVIII. "THY MOTHER IS NO MORE " 12IX. A MAN, WHOSE HAIR WAS TURNING GRAY 13X. "I SEE THE STAR!". 14XI. IT SHINES UPON HIS GRAVE 15


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A CHILD'SDREAM OF A STAR.HERE was once a child,and he strolled about agood deal, and thought ofa number of things. Hehad a sister, who was achild too, and his con-Sstant companion. Thesetwo used to wonder all day long. Theywondered at the beauty of the flowers;they wondered at the height and bluenessof the sky; they wondered at the depthof the bright water; they wondered at5


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A CHILD'S DREAM OF A STAR.the goodness and the power of GOD, whomade the lovely world.They used to say to one another, some-times, Supposing all the children uponearth were to die, would the flowers andthe water and the sky be sorry? Theybelieved they would be sorry. For, saidthey, the buds are the children of theflowers, and the little playful streams thatgambol down the hillsides are the chil-dren of the water; and the smallest brightspecks playing at hide-and-seek in the skyall night must surely be the children ofthe stars; and they would all be grievedto see their playmates, the children ofmen, no more.There was one clear shining star thatused to come out in the sky before the6


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A CHILD'S DREAM OF A STAR.rest, near the church-spire, above thegraves. It was larger and more beauti-ful, they thought, than all the others, andevery night they watched for it, standinghand in hand at a window. Whoeversaw it first cried out, " I see the star!"And often they cried out both together,knowing so well when it would rise andwhere. So they grew to be such friendswith it, that, before lying down in theirbeds, they always looked out once again,to bid it good night; and when theywere turning round to sleep, they used tosay, "God bless the star!"But while she was still very young, 0,very, very young, the sister drooped, andcame to be so weak that she could nolonger stand in the window at night; and7


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A CHILD'S DREAM OF A STAR.then the child looked sadly out by him-self, and when he saw the star, turnedround and said to the patient pale face onthe bed, "I see the star! " And then asmile would come upon the face, and alittle weak voice used to say, " God blessmy brother and the star!"And so the time came, all too soon!when the child looked out alone, andwhen there was no face on the bed; andwhen there was a little grave among thegraves, not there before; and when thestar made long rays down towards him,as he saw it through his tears.Now, these rays were so bright, andthey seemed to make such a shining wayfrom earth to heaven, that when the childwent to his solitary bed, he dreamed about8


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A CHILD'S DREAM OF A STAR.the star; and dreamed that, lying wherehe was, he saw a train of people takenup that sparkling road by angels. Andthe star, opening, showed him a greatworld of light, where many more suchangels waited to receive them.All these angels, who were waiting,turned their beaming eyes upon the peo-ple who were carried up into the star;and some came out from the long rowsin which they stood, and fell upon thepeople's necks, and kissed them tenderly,and went away with them down avenuesof light, and were so happy in theircompany, that, lying in his bed, he weptfor joy.But there were many angels who didnot go with them, and among them one9


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A CHILD'S DREAM OF A STAR.he knew. The patient face that oncehad lain upon the bed was glorified andradiant, but his heart found out his sisteramong all the host.His sister's angel lingered near the en-trance of the star, and said to the leaderamong those who had brought the peo-ple thither, "Is my brother come ?"And he said, "No."She was turning hopefully away, whenthe child stretched out his arms, and cried," sister, I am here! Take me!" Andthen she turned her beaming eyes uponhim, and it was night; and the star wasshining into the room, making long raysdown towards him as he saw it throughhis tears.From that hour forth, the. child looked10


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A CHILD'S DREAM OF A STAR.out upon the star as on the home he wasto go to, when his time should come;and he thought that he did not be-long to the earth alone, but to the startoo, because of his sister's angel gone be-fore.There was a baby born to be a brotherto the child; and while he was so littlethat he never yet had spoken word, hestretched his tiny form out on his bed,and died.Again the child dreamed of the openedstar, and of the company of angels, andthe train of people, and the rows of an-gels with their beaming eyes all turnedupon those people's faces.Said his sister's angel to the leader, "Ismy brother come ?"ii


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A CHILD'S DREAM OF A STAR.And he said, "Not that one, but an-other."As the child beheld his brother's angelin her arms, he cried, " sister, I amhere! Take me!" Ahd she turned andsmiled upon him, and the star was shin-ing.He grew to be a young man, andwas busy at his books when an old ser-vant came to him and said, "Thy moth-er is no more. I bring her blessing onher darling son "Again at night he saw the star, andall that former company. Said his sis-ter's angel to the leader, "Is my brothercome ? "And he said, " Thy mother! "A mighty cry of joy went forth through12


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A CHILD'S DREAM OF A STAR.all the star, because the mother was re-united to her two children. And hestretched out his arms and cried, " 0mother, sister, and brother, I am here!Take me!"And they answered him, "Not yet."And the star was shining.He grew to be a man, whose hair wasturning gray; and he was sitting in hischair by the fireside, heavy with grief,and with his face bedewed with tears,when the star opened once again.Said his sister's angel to the leader," Is my brother come?"And he said, " Nay, but his maidendaughter."And the man who had been the childsaw his daughter, newly lost to him, a13


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A CHILD'S DREAM OF A STAR.celestial creature among those three, andhe said, "My daughter's head is on mysister's bosom, and her arm is round mymother's neck, and at her feet there isthe baby of old time, and I can bear theparting from her, GOD be praised!"And the star was shining.Thus the child came to be an old man,and his once smooth face was wrinkled,and his steps were slow and feeble, andhis back was bent. And one night as helay upon his bed, his children standinground, he cried, as he had cried so longago, "I see the star!"They whispered one another, " He isdying.""And he said, "I am. My age is fall-ing from me like a garment, and I move14


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A CHILD S DREAM OF A STAR.towards the star as a child. And 0 myFather, now I thank thee that it has sooften opened to receive those dear oneswho await me!"And the star was shining; and it shinesupon his grave.15""-/------wK.$f


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