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TRAVELS OF TWO SISTERS
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BY R. EDLESTON
"I would not fart with the tales of wonder, which I have kept
"stored up from early childhood, or which have fallen in my way
through life, for any gold."--LUTHER.
36 BLOOMSBURY STREET, LONDON
IT is now many years since the "Immortal
Fountain" was first published, and the
present is the fifth edition (each of which
consisted of many thousands of copies)
that has appeared in England. It has
also found its way to America, and two
considerable editions have been published
there. It has, moreover, been deemed
worthy of translation into the French, a
beautiful edition in that language, with
high encomiums, having been brought out
a few years ago by Count Thiebault.
From this continued demand for the vari-
ous forms in which the little book has
appeared, it is presumed that it has done
at least some good, and it is hoped that it
will do still more in the future. The
Author claims little merit or originality,
and is amply rewarded by the pleasure
he has had in knowing that the effort
has conferred some pleasure, and perhaps
profit, upon others.
HEYWOOD, February 1871.
THE IMMORTAL FOUNTAIN
THE IMMORTAL FOUNTAIN
"Without a parable spake He not unto them."
M USING one day upon the state of things as
it was in the Golden Age-that delightful
time of which the poets so frequently speak-and
especially respecting the mode of instruction then,
when there were no writings, and when man was
taught what is true and holy by the opening of
his spiritual sight, and frequently admitted into
spiritual association with angels, who taught him
the truths of heaven, just as God taught Adam, and
the angels the patriarchs; I fell into a sound and
most delightful sleep, and dreamed that I was living
in later, but similar times. It seemed as if I was
in one of the most beautiful districts of the earth
that I ever beheld. The sun was rising with great
glory above the eastern hills, the dew-drops were
still unon the green pastures, and as the light fell
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upon them, it seemed as if the earth was covered
with gems. In the distance there was a lofty range of
hills, and on them, here and there, were clusters of
fine tall trees. At their feet the flowing of a gentle
pellucid stream murmured agreeable music, which
harmonized with the voices of thousands of sweet
feathered songsters. On a gentle eminence there
was a singularly beautiful house, embosomed within
magnificent fruit trees, that were in full blossom.
An extensive garden surrounded the house, in
which were long shady walks that terminated in
cool grottos, to which the owner and his family
retired in the heat of the day, to discourse upon
things ofeverlasting moment.
This gentleman (for we must speak after the
manner of our times) had two daughters, called
Chacune and Aucune. Chacune was extremely
lovely both in mind and body. She was full of
grace and innocence, yet majestic and noble; her
kindness and benevolence were unbounded, and
she possessed, to an eminent degree, that indescrib-
able charm which inspires confidence and pleasure
in others. But Aucune was just the opposite. She
was always frowning and out of humour; wanting
and getting, but never satisfied; and ill-tempered
with herself and every one else. From long con-
tinued indulgence in evil tempers, her body had
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lost its natural beauty, and had become the impress
and form of the ugliness of her disposition. It is
mind that gives character to the body. A sweet
mind always makes for itself a beautiful body;
and though we sometimes find good and virtuous
minds in deformed bodies, yet how completely
is the deformity overshadowed and put compara-
tively out of view by the sweetness and beauty of the
Aucune's greatest desire was to be as beautiful
and as much beloved as Chacune; and she could
conceive of no way of being so bjt by making her
sister as ugly and as despised as ljbilf. For some
years she had tried this plan, somJie--'by beat-
ing and abusing Chacune, a ers by tearing
her beautiful dress, or cutting'o r lovely auburn
hair, as she was sleeping in the grotto ; and on one
occasion she even struck her in the face, with the
intention of leaving an ugly mark, which she hoped
would destroy the charm that was about it; besides
this, she had been known to steal the playthings of
her companions, and more than once she was
known to break into neighbours' gardens; tread
down the flowers; bring some away with her, and
lay them and the playthings in her sister's bed-room,
with the intention of throwing the blame upon
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Such were some of the means she adopted;
but somehow or other, Chacune remained as
beautiful, became even more beautiful, than be-
fore-every blow she received seemed to make
her more amiable and lovely; for in no case did
she resent the unkind treatment of Aucune, and
therefore to all her other beauties she added those
of patience, forbearance, forgiveness, and mercy,
which are those that appear most lovely in Heaven.
And notwithstanding all the wicked and deceitful
plans of Aucune, np one would believe that Cha-
cune Mould inju e any one. Thus poor Aucune
had the mo tinn of seeing Chacune growing
more b ierid beloved every day, while she
herself da bec more and more disagreeable
and deformed. V 'A
It was reported in te neighbourhood, that, dur-
ing the time Chacune slept in the grotto of her
father's garden, her spirit was admitted into the
company of angels, with whom she talked and
strayed into fields of eternal green.' It was also
said, that the angels bathed her in the Fountain of
Beauty, which is situated on the summit of Mount
Innocence, in the spiritual world : and it was fur-
ther said that this was the cause of her surpassing
loveliness. Aucune, to whom nothing of the kind
had ever occurred, had often heard such things
reported of others, and when this was said of
Chacune, she became much interested, and desired
to know whether it was so or not; "for perhaps,"
thought she, "I may be able to bathe in those
waters too, and then I shall be as beautiful, and as
much admired, and beloved as my sister!"
The next morning she hastened to Chacune's
bed-room, and stole softly and silently along the
passage, and listened at the door, expecting to hear
angels conversing and playing with her. All was
quiet, however, save the noise of some sweet singing
birds, that came every morning, and warbled their
music from the boughs of a vine tree, to awake
Chacune from her peaceful slumbers. As soon as
she went in, Chacune, who had just awoke, asked
why she had come so early? Aucune was disap-
pointed, and a little confused at her sister's question,
but in a moment she recovered, and at once said-
"To see the angels."
"To see the angels!" exclaimed Chacune; "what
angels, dear sister?"
"The angels who love you, and make you so
beautiful," replied Aucune.
"But how is it that you look for angels here ?"
asked Chacune. "Do you not know that angels
live in the spiritual world ?"
"But I have heard," observed Aucune, "that
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angels bathe you in the Fountain of Beauty, so do,
sister, tell me where I can find them, for I long to
bathe in those waters, and be beautiful also !"
Chacune blushed at the allusion to her beauty
and association with angels; but she smiled at the
simplicity and earnestness of her sister, and said-
My dear Aucune, you know that I love you, and
would do anything for you that I am able, but I
cannot show you angels in this lower world of ours,
for they have no bodies that can be seen here.
Their bodies are spiritual and made of spiritual
substances, and suited exactly to the spiritual world
in which they live, and therefore can never be seen
by material eyes."
Then how must I see them?" said Aucune with
"I will explain it, sister," said Chacune. "While
here you are an inhabitant of two worlds-this
world of matter, and a world of spirit, and you
have a body adapted to each. One, a material
body for the material world, and the other a
spiritual body, for the spiritual world., Now listen,
sister," continued Chacune with earnestness, "each
of these bodies has senses peculiar to itself; and
what is remarkable, when the senses of the material
body are active, you see men and material things;
1 x Cor. xv. 44.
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but when the senses of your spiritual body are
active, and those of the material body quiescent,
you can behold angels and spiritual things as plainly
and palpably as you now do the things of time : but
you cannot see spiritual beings with material eyes.
At what we call death, we shall put off the material
body, and leave the material world for ever, to live
eternally in spiritual bodies in the spiritual world,
which will then be as really and truly substantial to
us as ever the material was. You perceive, there-
fore, dear Aucune, that unless the Lord sees fit, in
His good providence, to open the eyes of your spirit,
you will not be able to see angels."
Aucune thought of what her sister had said, and
almost despaired of being able to bathe in the Foun-
tain of Beauty. One day, however, after being
more than usually anxious, she wandered up and
down in her father's garden, and was quite over-
come with her feelings, when suddenly she beheld
a glorious being, dressed in white garments. His
face beamed so much with love and'kindness, that
Aucune could scarcely look upon it for the glory
that was about it.
"Young immortal," said he, as he approached
Aucune, "we have perceived that you are anxious
to have communion with angels, and to enter the
spirit-land, and bathe in the Fountain of Beauty;
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our kind Father has granted your desire, and you
are now in the world of spirits.
Aucune was astonished, and could not conceive
how it could be; "for," said she, I have a body,
and garments, and here is solid earth !" and for
some time she could scarcely believe it, but in time
she became convinced that it was so; for all her
faculties were a thousand times more free and sensi-
tive, and all the objects that surrounded her were
so much in unison with herself, that they seemed
as if they were the things of her own mind por-
trayed before her.
Follow me," said the angel, after the surprise of
Aucune had somewhat subsided," follow me, and I
will show you the way to the Immortal Fountain."
Aucune instantly followed, inwardly exulting at
the thought of soon being as beautiful as her sister.
So entirely did this occupy her mind, that she never
once spoke to the angel. They walked on in silence,
until they arrived at a splendid massive gate of
brass, over the top of which was written, the
"Gate of Obedience." It was a strange name, but
Aucune thought it was one of the peculiarities of
the spirit-world, and made no inquiries.
"We must enter through this Gate," said the
angel, as he lifted a ponderous knocker, and struck
three times. The gate was instantly opened by
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several glorious beings, who were clad in a manner
similar to the conducting angel, and all equally
benevolent in their appearance.
Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome,
Welcome to the angel-land;"
said they rejoicing, and in tones of kindest affection,
"Immortal, enter our happy land," they continued.
Aucune attempted, but as soon as she got within
the Gate, she felt an oppressive pain upon her fore-
head, her eyes became dim, fear and trembling came
upon her, and she thought she was dying.
When the angels saw this, they sighed ; and tears
of pity rolled down their cheeks, as she was com-
pelled to withdraw to the outside of the Gate.
"We know by this," said the first angel, "that
you cannot reach the Fountain of Beauty; for none
can breathe the air of our land but those who, in
spirit and life, are like us. This Gate is closed
against no comer; for it is the will of our Great
Master that all should enter ; but -when any one re-
tires with pain, we perceive that he is unfit to pass
through our land."
Poor Aucune burst into tears, and earnestly en-
treated them to tell her what she must do.
Return to your world," said they, and hearken
to the good counsel of your father, and do not tease,
or speak angrily to your sister; do this, and in three
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months you shall return to us, and we will take you
on your way to the Fountain."
She turned away from the Gate very sorrowful;
for the task appeared extremely hard; and once or
twice she thought of turning back to ask whether
some easier thing would not do; and, probably, she
would have done so, if her spiritual sight at that
moment had not been closed.
The first object she saw on her return to the
world of nature was Chacune watering a beautiful
bed of flowers, that had grown exceedingly since she
had noticed it.
Ah, there it is again," said she, as she viewed,
with vexation, the success with which her sister had
cultivated her garden ; "she strives to do every
thing better than any one else, and then she is
praised for it : she knows I don't like it, and I am
sure she does it to tease me ; I will go this moment
and trample upon the bed, that I will."
And away she ran, quite in a rage, simply because
her sister had, with great pains and care, succeeded
in cultivating a few flowers !
As she was running with this wicked intention,
she suddenly stopped, and looked around in amaze-
ment and alarm.
Did you speak, Chacune ?" said she with terror.
No, sister dear, I am just making you a bouquet
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of my beautiful flowers ; come and see how nicely
they have grown."
"But some one spoke, sister, and said 'Re-
"You must have thought it, sister, for I heard no
one!" said Chacune.
But it was indeed a voice that spoke, probably
that of her guardian angel, who was speaking to
her spirit, as God spoke to Samuel when he lay
down in the holy place, and beseeching her to re-
member the consequences of such wicked conduct.
This is the way that angels do; they call to remem-
brance the instruction we have previously received,
and strive thereby to withdraw us from the sin we
are tempted to commit.
This warning from the mysterious voice had its
beneficial effect, for she concluded it was a kind
admonition from heaven. When she went to Cha-
cune, and saw her flowers, and with what readiness
they were bestowed upon herself, she felt inwardly
ashamed of having suffered such unkind feelings
to obtain influence over her, and resolved thence-
forth to destroy Chacune's flowers no more. This
was, perhaps, the first time that Aucune had felt
ashamed of having done wrong, and perhaps also
it was the first good resolution she had ever made
that was not broken immediately afterwards.
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Many were the conflicts that raged in the mind of
Aucune, between envy and jealousy, and the neces-
sity of obedience to the injunctions of the angels, in
order to be fitted to pass through their land to the
Fountain of Beauty. It was not in all cases that
she conquered; for she was occasionally over-
whelmed by passion, and more than once, under its
influence, she positively refused to obey her father.
It was not, therefore, without serious misgivings,
that she looked forward to the end of the three
months. At last they were over, and as she was
musing in the shady grotto her spiritual sight was
opened, and her guardian angel stood before her.
Hasten, sister," said he, for angels are waiting
for thee. There is a company going to the Im-
mortal Fountain, and they desire thee to go with
Aucune made all possible haste, and very soon
arrived at the Gate of Obedience. After the usual
knock it was opened by an angelic band, who again
greeted her with smiles of welcome. On entering,
to her surprise, she felt the atmosphere most de-
lightful and invigorating, and every breath she
breathed communicated an unspeakable pleasure.
This was the case too with each of her senses, for
whenever she exercised any of them, it was accom-
panied by most exquisitely delightful sensations.
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In fact it seemed all delight and pleasure; for
everything was so completely harmonious and at
one with herself, that there was not a single thing
that she wished otherwise than it was.
After her surprise, the angels led her into a
spacious hall, in which another company of angels
were walking, and seemingly waiting for her. They
came and gave her the kiss of affection, and bade
her be of good courage; for they perceived Aucune's
spirits were drooping as she reflected on her dis-
obedience. To her great astonishment, she found
on joining them, that her garments were similar to
theirs, but somewhat disfigured with black spots,
which appeared here and there upon them; and
turning round she said, "Stay, and let me retire
to wash away these spots, for they look so bad."
The angels smiled at her anxiety, and said, You
cannot yet, but let us hasten to the Fountain, and
you shall wash them there :" and so saying, they
led her along the path called Beauty.
The atmosphere was still delightful, and the road
full of interest. It was wonderfully formed. Here
was a gentle ascent, and there a slight descent, and
yet on the whole they were continually ascending.
It was not straight forward; for occasionally they
met barriers, which sometimes caused them to go a
little way round ; but this was really no misfortune,
for they were invariably rewarded with some glorious
view that they would otherwise have lost, or they
were thereby protected from some great danger,
which they saw on turning the corner was con-
cealed behind it. As far as the eye could reach
there were magnificent trees, variously gathered
into clusters according to their kinds ; and in rich
green pastures, all kinds of cattle were peacefully
feeding. But the most singular and interesting of
all these things to Aucune was a star that went on
before them, and pointed out their way, just as
that did which led the Magi to Bethlehem! The
angels were well acquainted with this beautiful
object, and called it "The star of knowledge." It
was always visible, and shone with peculiar splen-
dour during the shades of evening; and so long as
they saw it there was no danger of missing their
Aucune travelled on with her angelic associates,
who made their journey extremely interesting and
instructive, by telling stories of wisdom, or describ-
ing to Aucune the character of their great Master,
and the nature of His kingdom. For a long time
she went on, and once or twice she thought she
could hear the flowing of the Fountain, but it did
not appear. At last, however, she became weary
and tired, and moreover she began to feel the same
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oppression and difficulty of breathing that she ex-
perienced on the occasion of her first visit to the
Gate of Obedience.
In a little while she was obliged to stop, and with
tears in her eyes, said, I see I cannot reach the
Fountain! what must I do ?"
Sister, fear not said they in tones of kindest
sympathy; "we knew you would be unable to
reach the Fountain, but if we had told you so, you
would not have believed us, so we have come thus
far to show you. We know you have not been
obedient to your father; and it is well that you
should know, that until you habitually obey your
earthly parent, you will never be able to obey God
who is your heavenly Father, and live in this land
of angels; for obedience to your father on earth is
the foundation of true obedience to your Father in
heaven. You must therefore return to your world,"
continued the angels with earnestness. And
mark! you must not only implicitly obey your
father's just desires, and be kind to your sister and
friends, but you must also change your motives !
Hitherto you have desired beauty and loveliness to
enable you to rival your sister. Go now, and learn
to desire blessings without wishing to take away the
blessings of others. You will not be less blessed
because others are blessed too; for in the hand of
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our Great Master there are blessings in plenty for
every one. Do this for six months, and then you
shall visit us again."
If the former disappointment disturbed her, this
did in a tenfold degree. It was not only the dis-
appointment itself, but the additional task, as she
felt it, which was imposed upon her, that over-
whelmed her with trouble; for she supposed that
there was little value in beauty, if it did not make
her an object of praise and admiration above all
others. The words of the angels puzzled her, and
she felt, that if those were the only conditions
on which she was to go to the Fountain, she could
never get there. She returned sorrowfully, and
much disturbed. But on her approach to the Gate,
the angels met her, and gave her many assurances
of ultimate success. They bid her an affectionate
adieu, and entreated her to have courage and to
trust in God. As she passed through the gate, Ihe
sound of sweet music struck upon her ear. There
was something so soothing and consolatory in the
tones, that she felt grateful to the choristers, and
wondered who they were. In another moment she
could distinguish the words, which were as follows:-
For thou shalt beauteous be!
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Thy soul prepare,
By holy prayer;
Then the Fountain thou shalt see."
From being called by the endearing name of
"sister," she knew that the singers were her
guardian angels ; for they love to regard those who
are striving to improve as brothers and sisters.
On her return to the world, Aucune was very sad
and dejected for some time. But Chacune was
even more than usually kind; phe sung sweet songs
and brought ripe fruit, which she had cultivated
with great care, and endeavoured by every means
in her power to raise Aucune's drooping spirits.
By the assistance of her father and sister, and a
few kind friends, who had already observed the
change that had taken place in her mind, she began
at last to be more cheerful and playful.
It soon began to be remarked by all how amiable
Aucune was becoming, and how kind to Chacune
she was! And as they walked abroad with their
,father, it was said by the neighbours, Here comes
the good man and his two beautiful daughters."
The first time Aucune heard this, she was much
pleased. Two beautiful daughters she kept
saying to herself. "Two beautiful daughters !"
"Well, I never expected this," she continued, "hut
I see it is as the angels said. I am not less
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blessed, because my sister is blessed too. Who
would have thought, that the praise of our neigh-
bours would have been so sweet, when shared with
my sister!" She gradually began to feel this truth
more and more; and in a few months she saw how
blessed it is to be willing to share our blessings
Aucune gradually began to feel a certain delight
and pleasure about life, that she never felt be-
fore. All those who had avoided her, from fear that
she would quarrel with them, now seemed to strive
who would be the kindest: for it is a truth worth
remembering, that by love and kindness we easily
beget the same towards ourselves.
There was one very benevolent gentleman, who
was called the "The Wise Man of the Hill," a
friend of her father's, who was extremely pleased
with the change that had taken place in Aucune's
mind. This person had great possessions, and
having no children, he had determined to leave the
whole of his property to Chacune; but in con-
sequernce of the improvement in her sister's disposi-
tion, he now decided to divide it equally between
them. This was a proof of the superiority of kind-
ness over unkindness that Aucune could not mis:
The sisters frequently visited this gentleman, and
sometimes stayed a few days to enjoy the beautiful
walks on the hill-sides. On one occasion, as they
were walking out with the "Wise Man," Aucune
saw a few wild flowers growing on the top of a
large rock, and, without saying anything to her
companions, she stepped aside, and walked up a
steep and troublesome pathway, that seemed to lead
directly to the flowers. She did not perceive, how-
ever, that the path, after a little while, diverged in
an opposite direction, and led her completely astray.
She toiled, expecting every moment to reach the
top, but still she did not : and after growing weary,
and being afraid lest the "Wise Man" and her
sister should leave her, she turned round, with the
intention of retracing her steps ; but as she turned,
a female clad in showy robes, came forward with a
bow and fascinating smile, and said, "Beautiful
maiden, I perceive you have lost your way, come
with me, and I will show you one nearer and easier
than the troublesome way by which you came."
She beckoned Aucune to follow her, and then
turned down a good broad path. Poor Aucune's
vanity was flattered when the woman praised her
beauty, and, without a thought, she followed in-
As they walked along, the woman appeared to be
extremely kind and agreeable, and said, amongst
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many other things, "At the end of this path there
is a fountain, that makes the heart glad, the life
happy, and the countenance beautiful, of those who
drink of its waters."
Indeed!" said Aucune with astonishment,
"and what distance is it from here ?"
Not more than a few miles," replied the woman.
"Wonderful I" exclaimed Aucune, "how as-
tonishing that neither the 'Wise Man' nor Cha-
cune ever named this fountain and then turning
to the woman she said, This is the very fountain
I have been endeavouring to reach for manymonths!
how long have I been teasing myself, and here it is
just at hand "
She began to think now, that the angels and
Chacune had been deceiving her; and to surprise
them all, and to show that she had found out the
secret as well as they, she determined to solicit the
woman to show her at once the way to the waters.
"Gladly," said the woman, "for my name is
Venus, and I am appointed to wander about in
these paths, to lead the weary to rest, and to guide"
all that will follow me to that happy fountain of
ease, and mirth, and beauty." She then took hold .
of Aucune's arm, and hastily led her away. As she
went, Aucune heard the noise of revelry, and at
some distance, she could see crowds of men and.
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women walking, rather tumultuously, in the same
Poor Aucune! she was like most of mankind.
She was so anxious to obtain her object, that she
was ready to listen to any improbable story, if it
only promised the easy and speedy fulfilment of her
desires. She doubted her tried friends, and gave
herself up to one that she knew nothing of. The
result was as might have been expected; the same
is occurring from day to day in our time.
The Wise Man" and Chacune had walked on
expecting that Aucune would follow every minute ;
but as she did not arrive, they thought she was
staying to gather a bouquet of wild flowers,. of
which she was exceedingly fond, and would soon
follow them. So they went on and left her, think-
ing she would arrive at home, at least, in time
for dinner. Dinner-time came, however, and no
Aucune appeared. But it was not unusual for
Aucune to stay from dinner; for very frequently
the neighbours invited her to stay with them, and,
therefore, her absence caused but little uneasiness;
and in the afternoon, the "Wise Man" and Cha-
cune went to visit a friend, and did not return until
In the meantime, Venus led Aucune onward, and,
in the most winning manner, told her all kinds of
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tales, some of which shocked her at first, but-in a
little while she entered into the spirit of them with
delight. The road was shaded, indeed so much so,
that the light was nearly excluded. It was easy
and cool : and being a gradual descent, the walk
was delightful and interesting. The fountain, how-
ever, did not appear as soon as she expected. She
had heard, what Venus described, as the murmur-
ing of its waters, for an hour or two, but still they
seemed to get no nearer; and at last she began to
be anxious, lest she should not be able to return
home that night.
"Never fear," said Venus, "for I have fairy
legions at my command, who can transport you
back in a moment!"
If that be so," thought Aucune, they can as
easily transport me to the fountain at once, and
save further trouble." But when she named this,
her conductor, who always was ready with some
plausible reply, said, The day is fine, and the way
is beautiful, and as the distance is so short, it will
be more delightful to walk."
Thus Aucune travelled on, but in spite of all the
stories and artful smiles of Venus, she gradually be-
came anxious and uneasy, particularly as the sun
was setting, and thick thunder clouds gathering in
all directions. To add still more to her anxiety,
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they began to enter a dense forest, in the midst
of which Venus declared the fountain was. The
shades of evening rapidly closed upon them, and
before they had proceeded far, the night became
black and dreadful, and every star disappeared.
The wind moaned among the trees, and at every
succeeding blast it blew louder and louder. Great
drops of rain began to fall upon the leaves, and by
and by they fell upon the travellers, and drenched
them to the skin. Flashes of lightning followed in
quick succession, accompanied with loud mnd
terrible thunder. Trees were struck down, and
hurled about by the fury of the wind, which now
blew a complete hurricane. Louder, however, than
the noise of the tempest, were the wailings and sad
utterances of thousands of poor wretches, who were
lying about in every direction, the victims of the
same folly and deceit as had seduced poor Aucune.
It was most awful; Aucune became terrified, and
covering her face with her hands, she ran hither and
thither, striving to find a place of safety, but every
place was under the influence of the storm. She
besought her companion to protect her, and lead
her back; but the true character of Venus now be-
gan to exhibit itself. Aucune was within her power,
and it was seen that she was the demon of the
storm ; and had allured the poor girl into the forest
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to torment, and, if possible, to destroy her. As the
flashes of lightning rapidly followed each other, and
shivered the trees to atoms, and struck Aucune
almost dead with fear, Venus laughed and rent the
air with the noise of her wild unearthly joy; and
as she sung in boisterous song, in derision of the
piteous supplications of Aucune, the infernal notes
joined in, unison with the dreadful howling of the
Poor Aucune now saw the error she had committed,
Sand vowed that, if God would deliver her from the
dangers that surrounded her, and save her life, and
give her truth to understand the wicked one, she
would never again suffer evil in disguise to lead
her astray from the path of duty. Then turning
from the wild vagaries of the demon, she covered
her face with her mantle; fell upon her knees and
prayed: 0 Father of heaven and earth, the God
of all children, and the comforter and protector of
the distressed, look down, with pitying eye, upon
the lost and awful condition of thy child, and deliver
me out of all my distresses. I have erred in for-
saking thy paths, and now I am beset with all the
miseries of sin; but with thee, Almighty Father,
there is mercy and forgiveness ; be pleased to extend
thy omnipotent aid, and lead me to the abodes of
Effect of rapter.
She rose from.prayer, internally comforted; and
on looking round, she beheld Venus fleeing away,
as if hastening from some dreaded object. Aucune
was astonished at this sudden flight, and.could not,
at first, comprehend that
Infernals tremble, when they see
The contrite heart and bended knee."
But, on reflection she saw, that evil is only
powerful so long as we are pleased to be its slaves.
The moment we turn to the Lord, and submit
to be guided by His influence, evil begins to flee
away, and we enter into the liberty of the children
As soon as the woman had fled, the difficulties
of Aucune began to cease-at least she was no
longer afraid. The storm gradually abated; and
when the rays of light began to break through the
trees, she knew that morning was approaching:
which plainly proves, that it is the presence of evil,
in the form of some Venus, that is the cause of all
trouble and woe.
But still Aucune was in a disagreeable position.
She was in a dreary forest, with no path or friend
to direct her to any friendly habitation.
The poor wretches around her still continued their
lamentations, but made no efforts to escape. Many
sunk lowerwnd lower, and finally fell into perdition.
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It was a terrible scene. Poor Aucune was shocked,
and again prayed very earnestly, when a voice in
tones of mercy and pity, said : Fear not, thy
prayer is heard, and thy guardian angels shall con-
duct thee to a place of safety."
Aucune started at the voice of the mysterious
messenger of consolation, and looked, but saw no
one, and wondered from whence it came; but man
knows not the hand that blesses him, nor whence
comes his consolation. When in trouble, he does
not often think of Providence, and the hosts of God,
who are its ministers. Aucune did not think of the
angels who were attending her, and guiding her
through all her dangers, as they did Hagar when
she was in the desert, or she would have recognized
the friendly voice.
While she was yet bewildered with astonishment,
at the strange flight of Venus, the abatement of the
storm, and the mysterious voice, the silvery notes
of a trumpet struck upon her ear; she followed
swiftly in the direction whence they came, and at
each step they gradually became louder and louder.
At last she heard the sound of voices, one of which
she instantly recognized as Chacune's. She raised her
voice and called Chacune, Chacune, help, my dear
Chacune !" Chacune heard the cry, and turned the
head of the beautiful pony on which she was riding
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towards her lost sister, and in a few moments she
was embracing Aucune. Both sobbed for joy that
they had met each other again.
As soon as they could speak, Chacune said, in
gentle rebuke, Oh, sister, why did you stray from
us ? We have been seeking you all night; and our
hearts have been sorely troubled on your account."
"Forgive me, sister," Aucune exclaimed, "and
you shall know all."
At this instant the "Wise Man" came up, followed
by several servants ; one of whom dismounted, and
after they had congratulated Aucune upon her
deliverance, she was assisted upon the horse, and
they hastened away to a house at a little distance
from the forest, where refreshment and other neces-
saries were obtained, to restore the exhausted con-
dition of Aucune.
As they were going, Aucune related the adven-
ture, and told how she had been deceived, and
what a night she had passed, and how she was
delivered, and how the notes of the silver trumpet
had directed her to them.
I knew," said the 'Wise Man,' with exultation,
"that my trumpet of Truth, if fairly sounded, would
beheard by her She is not the first poor soul that
it has saved; and by the blessing of God, I will spend
my life in behalf of other lost and erring creatures."
36 i3fe Immortal fountain.
In a short time they arrived at the Wise Man's"
house, and after partaking of a feast, that was pro-
vided to commemorate the happy deliverance of
Aucune, the sisters departed to their own home.
The father was astonished at the adventure, and
thankful for the deliverance of his daughter.
When the circumstances were known, all the
neighbourhood were filled with gratitude to the
Lord, that He had so mercifully preserved Aucune;
for they now began to look upon her as a pleasant
and good sister; she had the same face, but there
was a charm about it that did not exist when her
temper was bad. But Aucune knew nothing of the
charm itself, for that would have destroyed it, but
she felt that she was loved, and that is one of the
highest joys of human life.
Her time passed happily on, and the six months
were soon over. As she was reflecting on what had
passed since she was in the spiritual world, the
Lord again opened the eyes of her spirit ; the same
angel stood before her, and with a smile of welcome,
he led the way to the Gate of Obedience." The
angels there congratulated her with a kiss ; and, to
the astonishment of Aucune, they seemed more
lovely, and their robes more beautiful than ever.
As she went into the lofty hall, she was still more
powerfully impressed with the beauty and elegance
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of everything she saw. The walls were of pure ala-
baster, with numerous figures of gentle beasts and
birds, curiously wrought upon them. The roof was
of cedar wood, richly carved, and supported by
pillars of porphyry. The light descended.through
a dome, with a rich mellowness, and what was
very remarkable, it seemed to be living, and looked
like living golden light; and as its beautiful rays
played upon the walls, it created wonderful images,
that portrayed the state and character of the affec-
tions and thoughts of the angels.
"Astonishing," exclaimed Aucune, in her first
surprise. And turning to the angels, she inquired
"Why all things were so beautiful to-day ?"
Oh," said they, "we enjoy all these wonderful
and beautiful sights every day."
"But," said Aucune, "they were very different
when I last saw them!"
"Very likely," said the angels, "but you know,
you did not then love your sister; neither were
you kind to your friends-that was wicked; and
wickedness causes a mist to rise over the mind,
which distorts and perverts the loveliest objects, and
thus true beauty appears as complete ugliness to
the wicked !"
If this be so, how many glorious sights I must
have lost by my wickedness and folly !" thought
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Aucune. And with this conviction she determined
henceforth to avoid all evil, and particularly all
desire to injure her sister.
In a short time, she was clothed with heavenly
garments, and, to her surprise, they were as beauti-
ful as any of those that the angels had The black
spots and soiled appearance were entirely gone;
and in addition to her former clothing, she received
a wreath of sweet flowers, which was placed upon her
head by a being of superlative beauty, who informed
her that that was a symbol of the crown of life, and
the badge of the sisterhood of that heaven.
Thus robed, she proceeded on the path of Beauty.
It seemed as if there were no necessity for a guide;
for the way was perfectly familiar; but, notwith-
standing, an angelic band went with her. The
beautiful star of knowledge again appeared, and
shone with increased splendour. It distinctly
pointed the way; and when there was any danger,
it stood still, and shed its light upon the spot, so
that, in every case, the travellers had timely warn-
ing, and could easily avoid the danger.
They travelled on, delighted with eaclf other, and
everything they saw, until they came to another
Gate, composed of solid shining silver, so brilliant
that they could scarcely look upon it, and over the
top was written the Gate of Duty." Here we
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must part with you," said the angels, "we can-
not live in that land, which you behold through that
Gate, for it is. much more glorious and holy than
ours. In our land we are happy, and our cup run-
neth over with blessings, but our spirits are not fit
to breathe that purer air; and so, for the present,
we must bid you adieu !"
Aucune was surprised at this, but said nothing;
for she was anxious to get to the Fountain. The
angels gave her an affectionate kiss, and then turned
away; Aucune ran boldly up the steps and knocked
loudly at the Gate. It was opened almost instantly
by a glorious being in shining white. When Au-
cune entered she told her errand, and the angel
said, "You shall proceed immediately."
In a little time a company of heavenly beings
came to her, and signified that they were ready.
Aucune accompanied them, but they had not pro-
ceeded far, before she felt a similar oppression
upon the head, to that which she had perceived
when she was obliged to return before. She knew
its meaning, and bursting into tears, said, Am I not
pure enough yet to go to the Immortal Fountain?"
We would gladly take you, dear sister," said an
angel, but it would destroy you. You cannot go
until you can breathe, with pleasure, the air of our
S Ett mortal fountain.
Aucune was very sad and sorrowful at this an-
nouncement. For the moment, it appeared to be
impossible to grow better than she was, and yet she
knew that some new duty was required of her. So
true it is, that no one can appreciate a higher state
than that in which he is. But Aucune, in tones of
despair, asked, "What must I now do ?"
"You must again change your motives," said the
angel; "hitherto you have avoided evil, and done
good, not because it is a duty you owe to God, and
to your fellow-creatures, but that you might acquire
some selfish good. At first you wished to be beauti-
ful, that you might deprive Chacune of love and
praise, and then you wished to be beautiful that
you might share them with her. Now, cannot you
see, that in both these motives there is something
selfish, particularly in the first ? You must, there-
fore, return to your world, and cease to do evil,
because it is a sin against God and an injury to
your brethren. You will thus gradually lose sight
of self in your inward motives, and do good because
it is God's will, and for your neighbours' benefit;
such are the motives that should actuate men."
The angels bid her be of good cheer, and trust in
the Lord, and the difficulties of the task would, in
time, be overcome. "Return to the world for
twelve months," said they, "and at the end of that
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time you shall come to us again ;" they then gave
her a most affectionate kiss, and she found herself
in the world of nature.
At first Aucune felt great difficulty in banishing
all idea of reward from her mind. But, in time, by
constant attention to her motives, she found that it
was possible even to do good hohing.for nothing
again." She ceased to make any more bargains
with God, by saying that, if He would make her
beautiful by permitting her to bathe in the Immor-
tal Fountain, she would be kind to Chacune, and
to every one else. She was gradually led to see
that it was a right, a duty that we owe to each
other, to do no evil, either in thought, affection, or
deed; and thus that we are placed in this world, to
learn to contribute our mite to the treasury of
human usefulness and human good, that we may all
have a common right to human happiness.
Aucune, however, did not pass through this land
of Duty without trouble and difficulty. It is a law
of divine Providence that ease shall never lead to
true joy. God is not served by that which costs us
nothing. It is the Saviour's cross that we must look
to, that we must take up, and that we must carry
through every state, if we would live in heaven.
In the strength of God, we must fight the good
fight of faith, we must fight ourselves, fight our secret
42 t Imwniottal JFountain.
sins; we must subdue ourselves and offer up our souls
and our bodies an acceptable sacrifice to God.
Aucune at last triumphed, but in a large measure
without knowing it, for true virtue is ever humble and
self-doubting, and it was with fear and trembling
that she found herself once more in the world of
spirits, and being conducted by angels through the
" Gate of Obedience" to the Gate of Duty;" and
on this occasion its grandeur and magnificence had
increased to a wonderful degree. It shone as if ten
thousand rays of the noonday sun had concentrated
themselves, and become formed into a beautiful
gate. Aucune kfiocked, and at the solicitation of
the angel in shining white, she entered. As she
looked round and beheld the astonishing grandeur
of the place, she trembled lest anything should be
injured by contact with her. She was first struck
with the intensity of the light; for it seemed as if
she was placed in the midst of a diamond, on
which all the glittering rays of a thousand suns
were shining. And yet, strange as it may seem, it
was not painful, but exhilarating and delightful!
The heat that was in it elevated and sanctified her
whole soul; for it was spiritual heat, that could warm
the heart, and kindle the best affections, and produce
a reverence and veneration for things good and true.
Aucune was robed in shining white, and pre-
sented with a garland of vine leaves and beautiful
flowers, which is the badge of that heaven, and then
she began her journey. She had noticed a strange
peculiarity in the circumstances of the persons of the
angels, and the scenery of heaven, becoming more
beautiful and interesting at each succeeding visit.
On a little reflection, however, she perceived that
the change was in herself; for in that spirit-world
all things have an immediate correspondence with
its inhabitants. Every thought and affection of
angels takes up an external objective form; and
thus, all that is seen in heaven is the out-birth and
reflex of angelic minds. Each "angel, therefore,
sees himself portrayed upon all that surrounds
him. Every beast and every bird, yea, every object
that is beheld, is thus made a mirror to reflect the
inward souls of the angels upon their external senses,
so that they cannot possibly mistake their quality !
This is one reason why angels are so singularly
happy; for there is a continual harmony and corres-
pondence between their state and external objects.
No annoyances or difficulties can exist with them;
for the desires of the mind flow forth into external
objects, and provide, as it were, for their own wants.
Here is the reason, too, why heaven is so glorious,
and hell so monstrous ; for goodness and virtue are
the soul of real beauty; so that the beauty of hea-
44 Tbe Imumortal mountain.
ven is the form of the goodness of angels. And
wickedness and vice are the essence of all deformity
and misery; so that the dreadfulness of hell is, the
"out-birth of the wickedness of the sinner. Just,
therefore, as Aucune's state improved, did all that
she beheld become more beautiful and delightful.
She was gradually brought into a pure, angelic
state, and then she could breathe the air of heaven,
and associate with its inhabitants. And, as they
journeyed they beheld each other's states, and even
every wish, and object of life, reflected before their
eyes ; and thus, each enjoyed his own pleasure, and
that of others too, and in blessing others they
became blessed altogether.
They saw beautiful palaces on their way, some
were of polished marble, with steps of alabaster in
front, and pillars of jasper at the sides, supporting
rainbow roofs. Within these colonades were angels
walking and enjoying sweet conversation. They
wore long flowing robes of shining white, like those
that the women saw the angels clothed with at the
sepulchre of the Lord. The companions of Aucune
told her "that those, and every other angel, had
once been inhabitants of the natural world, and had
been transplanted from earth to heaven, to live in
Aucune noticed that profound deference and
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respect was paid to one majestic Being, who sat in
one of the great halls, surrounded by a numerous
throng. He was the Governor of that society, and
was engaged with his council in the administration
of government. Aucune was informed that angels
need government as well as men. Nay, that a
profounder and wiser government prevails among
them than ever existed on earth. The countless
millions of beings who compose the inhabitants of
heaven, must, for their own welfare and happiness,
be exquisitely arranged in some divine order. Con-
fusion cannot exist in those realms. Order, in fact
is heaven's first law; and law supposes government.
But in that happy land it is not the government of
coercion, but of mutual love, and none other exists in
heaven. An infinite variety of states prevail among
the angels. Each has his own excellency, which
differs from the excellency of every other, and each
has his station according to his state and use, and
this manifests itself in rank and dignities of various
The Lord Himself directly governs celestial
beings of the highest order, through the law of
righteousness that exists in their own hearts.
Others of lower states are also led by God, but
more mediately, and by external arrangements,
which become more and more external as the
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qualities of the angels become more and more ex-
ternal, so that different forms of government pre-
vail, but all are based on mutual love and divine
order, and all things arepreserved andkept inviolable.
Those who administer the laws may be called
"Princes," and have honour and dignity, and live
in magnificent palaces; but as these are the wisest
and best of the angels, they do not make themselves,
on this account, greater than others, but less.
Honour and glory they know really belong to the
Lord, but it is permitted them to assume these
things for thesake of order, and that the Lord maybe
obeyed through them. Their dignity and honour
arise from their wisdom and humility. He then
that would be a Prince must be a servant. The
wisest and most useful being is the greatest king,
both amongst men and angels. No one is so useful
as the Deity, and therefore He is King of Kings.
"Whosoever will be chief amongst you, let him be
your servant; even as the Son of Man came not to
be ministered unto but to minister."'
Aucune was walking on in silence, contemplating
within herself the remarkable things she had heard
and seen, when the faint notes of distant music
struck upon her ear. They came nearer and nearer,
and seemed to emanate from every palace and
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every angel in heaven It was a hymn of praise to
the Creator; and the song was this,-
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,
Which was, and is, and is to come I
Thou art worthy, 0 Lord,
To receive glory and honour, and power ;
For thou hast created all things,
And for thy pleasure they are and were created I "
Aucune, almost unconsciously, echoed the loud
swelling song; for it was in unison with the chord
that was awakened in her heart. As soon as the
music ceased, and she had recovered from her
surprise, she asked the meaning of such general
These are glorifications," said the angels; "they
are frequently heard in heaven, and are indications
of the strong perceptions of the goodness of the
Lord which the angels sometimes feel. We are
made sensible of the benevolence and mercy of
God, and in humble thankfulness for all His
mercies, we simultaneously burst forth into songs
of adoration and gratitude. Heaven then rings
with the praises of God."
In several places on the journey Aucune noticed
magnificent buildings that towered above all others.
On inquiring, she found they were churches and
temples. "The inhabitants of our heaven," said
one of her conducting angels, "assemble in these
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places for prayer and praise, and instruction in a
manner corresponding to your practice on earth.
Angels, like men, are not perfect, but are capable
of advancing for ever towards perfection; and in-
struction and divine worship are important means
to this end, and therefore they exist in our world as
well as in yours.' But real divine worship," con-
tinued the angel, "does not consist in frequenting
churches, saying prayers, and hearing sermons, but
in a holy life of love, charity and faith. External
forms ought to be devoutly observed, but it must
be remembered that they are of no avail without an
internal principle of righteousness. Our minis-
ters," he proceeded, are appointed by the Lord,
and all have a special fitness for the sacred office,
and derive their gifts of preaching from Him, and
none other are allowed to teach in our temples
Their sermons are fraught with such wisdom, that
nothing on earth can be compared to them. They
are in advance of all others in our heaven, in what-
ever concerns wisdom and divine things. But they
claim no authority over us. On this account we
call them ministers, because they serve and help us,
and in a hundred ways minister to our happiness."
At this time they approached one of these glorious
buildings, and went in with a multitude of happy
beings, who seemed to know their proper places,
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and in fact could worship in no other. Every one
had his place according to his state. None were
above or behind the ministers, nor were any out of
sight. It is impossible fully to describe the magni-
ficence of this temple. Its lofty roof was supported
by stately marble pillars, exquisitely wrought.
Everything seemed to be made of stone, and yet
there was no sensation of coldness or heaviness.
Every gem of the New Jerusalem was there, and
everything fitted so perfectly that the whole seemed
to speak of prayer and praise, and, to be the proper
emblem of religion and worship. A divine light
shone everywhere, and everywhere was filled with
the Holy Spirit. On a table of gold, which stood
at the east end, in the chancel, was a light so
brilliant, and yet so clear, that it attracted every
eye. In rays of glory above, was written, "For
ever, O Lord, thy Word is settled in heaven." On
approaching, it was seen that the Word of God lay
open on the golden table, and was the cause of the
light and glory that shone around.
The ministers, clad in robes of white, occupied
places in a certain order, according to their states,
and under the full influence of the rays of glory
that proceeded from the Divine Word seemed as if
they were surrounded by the sun itself. Solemn
silence prevailed for a few moments, during which
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every one was in meditation or mental prayer.
Then exquisite sounds of music from many harps,
blended with the loud swelling tones of the organ,
came softly but distinctly on the ear. Immediately
the vast assembly rose, and joined in song, with
words that expressed the purest adoration and
praise. Profound silence again prevailed, and lasted
sufficiently long to mark the absence of hurry in
the services. In heaven, Deity is not worshipped in
haste. After this, some reverently continued stand-
ing, while others with a greater sense of humilia-
tion fell on their knees, and bowed their faces to-
wards the ground. The words of prayer, uttered by
a minister of noble mien and dignity, were soon
heard, which seemed to be the simple echoes of the
thoughts and feelings of every worshipper, and, as
they were expressed by that great multitude, it was
like incense ascending to the throne on high from
thousands of golden altars. Every service was
simple, but dignified and orderly, and every cere-
monial was emblematical, and produced feelings of
religion and devotion. The Word was read more
than once, with great reverence and solemnity.
One of the ministers advanced to the steps of the
chancel, accompanied on either side, but a little in
advance by the others, and in the light of the Word
taught lessons of the highest wisdom. At the close
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a solemn thanksgiving was uttered, and every one
then departed to his own home.
Aucune and her companions still went on and
talked about these wonderful things ; and at every
step new wonders appeared; at last they arrived at
another Gate, still more beautiful than either of the
others, and made of solid gold. Over the top was
written in letters of shining gold, The Gate ofLove."
As soon as Aucune saw it she felt a presentiment
that she could not pass, and involuntarily cried
"Not yet!" Not yet!" was echoed from within
the portal. "All is well, but not yet ;" said the
voices again. She started, and was turning away,
quite dejected at her repeated failures, when the
Gate was opened, and a company of the loveliest
beings ever mortal saw, clad in rich white robes,
appeared, and invited her to them. As she was
approaching, another company inside the Gate sang
a song of condolence; and all the music she had
ever heard was as nothing to it; the words were
simple but cheering, and were as follows :-
Young immortal, never fear,
God will give thee aid,
Fill thy soul with love sincere,
Until an angel made.
Then through this gate of glory,
Thou shalt enter in
To realms of joy so holy,
Pure and free from sin !
52 Tfie Emmortal .fountain.
Aucune was delighted with the assurance of yet
seeing the Fountain of Beauty; and felt that it
would be also a fountain of joy to her. The angels
kissed her, and emboldened by their kindness, she
entreated them to say what she yet lacked, to fit
her to proceed through their land to the Fountain.
"Thou must know, sweet immortal," said one,
who seemed to be the personation of love itself,
"that ours is the land of love. Here we do every
thing from love, and not from a mere sense of duty;
for in motives of duty we perceive something of con-
straint and servitude. They, therefore, who are in
this state, look upon God as a good Master, and
themselves as His servants ; but we love to regard
Him as our Father, and ourselves as His children.
Thou must go, then," continued the angel, "to thy
world again, and make what has hitherto been a
duty into a delight and a pleasure. Thou. must
learn to hate evil, and shun it because it is contrary
to God, and thou must do good because it is good,
and of God, and the unconstrained choice of thy
soul. Thou must neither let fear drive thee from
evil, nor the hope of reward, either in the life of the
body or in that of the spirit, cause thee to do good ;
but thou must do it from the sincere and pure love
of virtue itself; so shalt thou, in time, return to us,
and pass on to the Fountain of Beauty."
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The angels walked down the steps with her, and
kissed her, and bade her be of good courage. They
stood affectionately gazing after her, and as she
went from them, they waved their handkerchiefs in
the breeze, by way of encouragement, until they
were closed from her view.
Aucune returned to the world almost afraid, that
after all she would not be able to bathe in the
Fountain. Hope not for the Fountain !" said the
same mysterious voice, that had, more than once,
taught her what to do in cases of trouble. She felt
that it was a warning from heaven, but she was at a
loss to understand it; "hope not for the Fountain !"
said she to herself, with surprise, and thus she kept
pondering upon it, and turning it over for many
In great distress of mind she wandered to the
shady grotto, and prayed to be enlightened; and
while she prayed the heavens opened, and an angel
stood before her. Let not thy soul be disturbed,"
said he. Thou must henceforth cease to hope for.
the Fountain as an end of life; but go to Chacune,
and she will instruct thee further." And as he said
this, he suddenly departed out of her sight.
Aucune still felt disturbed, and immediately
sought Chacune, and told her all that had occurred,
and implored her to tell her what to do. "Dear
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sister," said Chacune, "you have followed goodness
hitherto, merely to enable you to go to the Fountain
of Beauty; you must now reverse matters, and
hereafter desire the Fountain for the purpose of
leading you to goodness. What you have, up to
this time, made the end, you must now regard as
th'e means, and the means must hereafter be the
end. Goodness and virtue should be the end of
every endeavour. Truth and many other objects
are allowable, as ends of life, up to a certain period
of regeneration, but afterwards they must become
merely the means to higher and holier ones, which
consist of goodness. Learn, then, dear sister, to
understand the true ends of human life, and without
hoping for blessings, you shall have them. Endea-
vour to make this change in your mind, and the
apparent barrier will become an assistance to the
higher object you have in view !"
The sisters walked, in meditative mood, into
their father's garden; one was wrapped in thought
concerning the interior wisdom that the angel and
her sister had taught her, the other was hoping for
the ultimate success of her sister, and meditating
on the means she should adopt to aid her. While
thus engaged, they were aroused by the approach
of their father, who informed them the "Wise
Man" had come, and wished to see them.
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"Run and welcome him," said Aucune, "and I
will go and gather a little fruit, for he will be fatigued
with the journey." And away she bounded to the
orchard, and plucked the best she could find, while
Chacune and her father went to entertain the good
As soon as Aucune entered, the old gentleman
related to them a dreadful occurrence. He said,
" As I was riding with my servants, not far from
the district where we found Aucune in the forest,
we met a boy, who was shivering with cold, and
had his face covered with blood. On inquiry, we
found, that his father and mother, and sister and
himself, had mistaken their way: and while in
the act of retracing their steps, they were met by a
woman, probably the same that led Aucune astray,
who told them to follow her, and she would lead
them to a place of safety. Little thinking whom
they were following, they cheerfully obeyed, and
were led on from one place to another until night
set in, when a dreadful storm arose; and while in
the midst of it, a faint light appeared, which they
followed, and found that it led to a cave, from which
proceeded the noise of revelry and boisterous joy.
The man at first refused to enter, but the storm was
raging with awful fury, the lightning flashed among
the trees, the thunder rolled, the wind roared and
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the rain fell in torrents; and looking round upon
his shivering and fatigued family, he at last con-
sented. It so happened, that the boy, from weari-
ness, had tarried a little behind; and before he
could arrive, a massive gate was drawn across the
mouth of the cave, and shut him out, and his
parents and sister in. As soon as the gate was
drawn, an infernal shout of delight proceeded from
thousands of voices, and the noise and revelry in-
creased The youth was terrified, and fled from
the place not knowing whither. He wandered
about in the forest, and more than once was struck
by the falling trees, that caused the blood to flow
down his innocent face, and fill him with terror.
As soon as we found him, and heard his story,
we judged that it would be the cave of the furies
into which they had been allured ; and we hastened
thither to rescue them. On our arrival, we heard
moans proceeding from within, which indicated
that some one was still living. We sounded our
trumpet of truth, that they might know that help
was at hand, and then set ourselves vigorously to
work; we very soon found a crevice in the rock,
through which we all entered as quickly as possible.
But the furies heArd us, and took alarm ; before we
had got into the cave, we were obliged to draw our
swords and fight the infernal hosts The conflict
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was severe, but not long ; for, wh6n manfully
assailed, the furies are great cowards! We drove
them before us, and they at last descended through
the earth, and fled by a subterraneous passage,
leaving us in entire possession of the cave. We
were directed to the man and his family by their
moans, and, to our joy, we found them still living,
but much more than half dead. We broke down
the gate, destroyed the cave, and bringing the un-
fortunate creatures to the light, we examined their
wounds, poured in oil and wine, set them on our
horses; and now they are at my house doing well!"
The two sisters were much pleased with the success
of the Wise Man," and desired to return with him,
that they might see the family.
On their arrival, Aucune manifested great anxiety
to render some assistance, for she remembered the
night of horror she had passed under similar cir-
cumstances. She cleansed their wounds, brought
them nice gruel, and repaired their tattered gar-
ments. And when they were able to walk out and
enjoy the fresh air, she attended them, and often,
with much forethought, anticipated the wants that
occurred, and provided for them. As often as
opportunities offered, she got the distressed family,
and the servants of the Wise Man," to assemble
together, and then charmed them with the relation
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of some lovely story. These were sweet moments
to all. The eyes of Chacune sparkled with delight
as the sentences dropped from the lips of her sister;
and the poor family were so pleased, that they for-
got their troubles.
The little boy and his sister were objects of special
interest to Aucune. She taught the first to cultivate
the garden, to train beautiful flowers, and to plant
trees. The little fellow proved a willing scholar, for
in after life his flowers continued to bloom, his trees
to grow, and his fruit to be excellent. The sister
was timid, but Aucune's warmth of manner soon
produced confidence, and by and by her mind
opened, and it was found that her disposition was
exceedingly agreeable. Aucune taught her to sew,
to prepare food, and to do many other useful things.
Every morning the sister gathered a few flowers
from the "Wise Man's" garden, and took them for
a perfume to the sick-room of her parents. She
carried them in her bosom, and they left an impres-
sion there, the odour of which was always sweet, and
lasted for ever; for a child's offering to a distressed
parent can never be forgotten.
The poor family remained with the Wise Man"
for some time, during which they improved in mind,
and body, and at last they were able to proceed on
their journey. It was agreed, however, before they
departed, that the whole family should enter the
service of the Wise Man," and live on a beautiful
estate that he possessed near the City of Content-
ment. Aucune accompanied them thither, where
they lived for many years in great happiness. She
left them with her blessing, and returned home
to her sister. These are the actions that pre-
pare the soul to associate with angels; and in due
time, Aucune was once more admitted into their
As she approached the magnificent Gate of
Gold, a company of beings came out and met
her, fell upon her neck, embraced, and kissed her.
Their countenances bespoke intense love, and they
were evidently filled with joy ; which strongly
reminded me of the joy there is in heaven over
every repentant sinner. The robes of the angels
were so beautiful, as almost to surpass even a faint
description. They were white as the purest light,
and shone as if some brilliant flame burned within
them. They were all bound together by a girdle of
rich purple velvet. So perfectly did the robes fit
them that there was not a single fold out of its
place. Around their heads were wreaths of delicate
fragrant flowers, that never lost their odours. Here
and there a ruby sent forth its beautiful light; and
behind each ear every one had an olive leaf.
tbe Immortal fountain.
As Aucune entered, every angel manifested the
utmost delight, and welcomed her as a sister; and
a choir of voices from within raised their harmonious
notes, and sang,-
Enter, enter, young immortal,
Through Celestial's golden portal;
Welcome to our land of love,
Welcome to the realms above !
Sweetly shall the Fountain flow,
On thee rich blessings to bestow;
Beauty, goodness, joy, and peace,
Shall within thy soul increase I
Sister angel, pass on, pass on !
She was immediately clad with similar robes;
and one majestic being, who seemed to be the prince
of the company, came to her, and placed behind her
ear an olive leaf, and said, This is the badge of
our heaven, and by it we acknowledge you as our
sister ; come now to the Immortal Fountain ; for
the barriers are* all passed : peace and tranquillity
shall henceforth be your companions, joy and glad-
ness shall for ever attend you, and we will be your
They then departed; and it is impossible to de-
scribe the beauty of the flowers, the sweetness of
their odours, the glory of the light, the purity of the
atmosphere, and the happiness of that heaven; for
to mortals they are ineffable There was one ob-
ject, however, the most wonderful and glorious of
any she had yet seen; it was God clothed, as it were,
with the sun and from whom proceeded light,
which illuminated all heaven with its glory;' and
on the appearance of His Divine Majesty the
angels prostrated themselves in humble adoration.
Nothing could be more beautiful than the objects
they saw. In one district there was a most magni-
ficent garden, through which they had to pass. In
the midst of it was the Tree of Life, beneath whose
lofty spreading shade little children found protec-
tion and pleasure. Trees were planted in a spiral
circular form; and between each circle there was
a pathway; so that every walk, even those at the
circumference, tended towards the centre, where
the Tree of Life was. The trees bore fine flavoured
fruit, and were entwined about with young vines.
There was every variety amongst the trees. The
most excellent of all were luxuriant in the choicest
fruits, and were called "Paradisiacal trees," be-
cause none such ever grew in the world of nature.
These were succeeded in order by olive-trees, and
these by vines, and these again by sweet-scented
shrubs, and last of all came the trees which afford
timber. Here and there were seats formed of
young shoots which were entwined in each other,
and just above them hung delicious fruit, which at
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62 flte Emmortal fountain.
once enriched and adorned them. At proper dis-
tances, passages led from these perpetual circular
walks into beautiful flower-gardens and delightful
shrubberies, laid out in areas and beds.
Aucune was delighted with these things, which
when the angels saw, they said, Behold heaven in
form Everything here is a type or symbol of
heavenly principles and celestial blessings !"
In a little time, the murmuring of the waters
were heard, and a thrill of delight passed through
the soul of Aucune. She ascended the beautiful
Mount of Innocence, on which it stood, and there the
waters lay before her in the form of a lake, from the
centre of which they rose high into the air, and fell
gently upon the surface. Angels were bathing their
beautiful forms. Aucune ran, and looking in saw
the face of one beaming with joy and beauty, which
seemed to be gazing at her from within the water !
As she continued to admire this lovely counten-
ance, her sister Chacune came joyfully up, and
kissed her, and in tones of exultation and pleasure
said, 0, my beloved Aucune long, long have I
wished to behold you standing on the brink of these
blessed waters, that I might show you how sweet
and beautiful you are! Look there," said she,
pointing to the face in the water, Look there, and
behold the beauty of your own countenance !"
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Aucune looked, and was astonished to find that
it was her own face, the countenance of her own
purified soul, so much more beautiful than that of
her body, that she did not recognize it i But I
have not yet bathed !" said she with surprise.
True, you have not yet bathed in this type of
the Holy Water," said Chacune, "but the true
water of purifying truth, from the- River of Life, has
been flowing in your soul, since the time you first
set out to reach the Fountain Remember how
your heart was once filled with the spiritual filth of
sin, and then think of the holy commands and wise
instructions that were given you by angels to make
you pure, and fit you for heaven : these were the
waters of the true Fountain of Beauty !"
O Chacune, Chacune," said Aucune, "I under-
stand it all!" and falling upon her neck, the two
sisters embraced each other with the ardency of
angelic love; and then fell upon their knees, and
with eyes and hands uplifted, they uttered in unison
a holy and solemn prayer, which I heard as if
ascending to the throne of the Majesty on High,
blessing and praising God for all His mercies, and
His wonderful works to the children of men After
this I awoke.
MU1R AND PATERSON, PRINTERS, EDINBRIRGh.