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Title: The raven's feather
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Title: The raven's feather a story for children
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Physical Description: 64 p., 1 leaf of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 16 cm.
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Creator: Barth, Christian Gottlob, 1799-1862
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Trust in God -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Orphans -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
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    Frontispiece
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    Title Page
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    Table of Contents
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    Chapter I: Never despair
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    Chapter II: The young ravens
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    Chapter III: The children's friend
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    Chapter IV: Severin's visit to Germany
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    Chapter VI: Michael's narrative
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RAVEN'S FEATHER,


kA PTOY FOPF CHILDREN.


BY
THE REV. C. G. BARTH, D.D.




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LONDON:
THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY,
56, PATERNOSTER Row; 65, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD;
AND 164, PICCADILLY.























CONTENT .






CHAP. PAGE
I.-NEVER DESPAIR 5

I,.-THE YOUNG RAVENS 12

III.-THE CHILDREN'S FRIEND 21

IV.-SEVERIN'S VISIT TO GERMANY 29

v.-THIE UNEXPECTED MEETING. 43

VI.-MICHAEL'S NARRATIVE. 58
















THE RAVEN'S FEATHER,



CHAPTER I.

4eber jziopair.

--- ,- NE beautiful afternoon in
-.' May, in the year 1780, a
.-- ') boy, fifteen years of age,
.is-- was standing on Blackfriars
ic''._- Bridge, in London, gazing
i--""" ntently on the dome of St.
Paul's Cathedral, in its im-
Smediate vicinity. A fresh
S east wind had driven away
the smoky clouds which usually hover over the
city, and the sun was just setting in the west
over St. James's. The boy was cleanly but
poorly clothed, and looked pale and wan, as if







6 The Raven's Feather.
he had had but little food; and such was really
the case.
His father, a German mechanic, had come to
London to seek employment. After many fruit-
less endeavours, he at last succeeded, but in less
than six months died. His mother had died in
Germany some time before; and poor Severin,
the only child, was now quite alone in a foreign
land. His father had only left sufficient money
to allow of his being decently buried, and the
few friends he had acquired during his short
stay in London had neither the means nor the
inclination to take care of the orphan boy. For
three days he had not had a regular meal, and
he felt thankful that a kind-hearted baker had
once given him a small piece of bread.
But poor Severin had learned what many
rich people do not understand, he had learned to
pray. His father had early made him acquainted
with the Saviour, and taught him in every
trouble to look to Him. Severin now followed
his advice, and it was prayer alone which had
supported him in his present necessity. But it
looked as if God, amidst the hundred thousands
of this great city, had forgotten the poor boy;







Never Despair. 7
and it seemed to him as if, after all beside had
been fed, nothing remained over for him.
It was with such thoughts Severin was now
standing on the bridge, and silently sighing to
heaven, exclaimed, "0 Lord! Thou who hast
made all things, and art so great, and rich, and
hast so much money that Thou canst cause such
great churches as this St. Paul's church to be
built; wilt Thou let me die of hunger? Often
have I prayed to Thee, and entreated Thy help.
Oh listen to me this once!"
While he was thus praying, a raven's feather
fell at his feet, he knew not from whence. It
appeared to him as if it had come from heaven
as an answer to his prayer; for immediately it
brought to his recollection what is said in the
Bible about ravens. "He giveth to the beast
his food, and to the young ravens which cry."
"Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor
reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn;
and God feedeth them: how much more are ye
better than the fowls ?"
"Yes," said Severin to himself, "God feeds
the ravens, and can give them so much that they
shall still have some over, or else how could they







8 The Raven's Feather.

have brought food to the prophet Elijah during
the famine?" But another thought quicldy
darted into his mind: "If God feeds the ravens,
why does He allow me to suffer hunger? Is it
not a mere accident which has laid this feather
at my feet ? Had I not better think on another
verse ? My flesh and my heart faileth: but God
is the strength of my heart, and my portion for
ever.' But no! without the will of God no
sparrow falls to the ground, no hair from our
heads, and therefore no raven's feather."
With these words (which, in his intense
feeling, he had spoken half aloud), he picked up
the feather, and placing it in his hat, said, I will
keep it as a remembrancer, and never despair."
Hle then set off immediately to leave the
bridge. But a respectable man who was passing
at the moment heard the last words he had
spoken, and looking attentively at the boy who
was thus talking German to himself, addressed
him in German also, ard asked, "From whence
do you come?"
Severin hesitated whether he should say from
Germany or London, but at last replied, "I am
a German."







Nevei Despair. 9
"That I perceive," answered the stranger;
"but have you no parents here ?"
"No; they are dead."
"Are you, then, without a home?"
"Yes, and without bread; but not without
hope."
"Indeed! but on what, then, do you hope?"
"On God."
"If it is really so," said the stranger, you
may come with me." Severin willingly did so,
although it was certainly not a little venturesome
to follow a stranger without knowing what
intentions he might have.
But Severin was as firmly persuaded at this
moment that God had sent him help from
heaven in answer to his prayer, as if he had seen
it written on parchment with the raven's feather.
He therefore allowed no doubts, and cheerfully
accompanied the stranger, who was already dear
to him as a fellow countryman. They went up
one street, and, turning to the left, came to the
house of the stranger.
He was a carpet manufacturer, and had lived
many years in London, although he was born in
Germany. God had blessed him in various







10 '7he Raven's Feather.

ways, for He had given him property and many
children; but his children were by far his
choicest treasure, and it was always his greatest
happiness to see a large company assembled
around him. It was, therefore, no great sacrifice
to him to adopt poor Severin, but rather a
pleasure to see his family circle increased.
Amongst the children, too, it was a cause of
great rejoicing when their father told them that
Severin should remain with them, and in future
be considered one of the family, if he conducted
himself well. All immediately clustered around
him, and began kindly inquiring after his
circumstances.
The lively Michael, who was about Severin's
age, or perhaps a year younger, had soon taken
the raven's feather carefully out of his hat, and
asked what it meant. Severin related to them
how he had found it, and how he had looked
upon it as a sign that God would answer his
prayer, and how He had really done so. They
all listened with the greatest astonishment; and
how was Severin himself surprised, when they
told him that the name of the friend who had
promised in future to take care of him, was







Never Despair. 11
Raven He was thus literally amongst a family
of ravens, who brought him food as they had
before supplied the prophet Elijah by the brook
Cherith. When they heard how long it was since
he had eaten anything, each was anxious to be
the first to fetch him food. Bobby brought him
some meat, Harry some bread, and Joseph a
glass of beer. The children were all struck with
the singular coincidence of the feather and their
own name; and Michael would not be so bold
as to touch it, because he thought it must have
fallen not only from heaven, but out of heaven.
Severin, however, quietly said, "The feather
shall be well taken care of."








12





CHAPTER II.


",' I, E children of the carpet
S manufacturer, Mr. Raven,
were cheerful, happy little
'- creatures; for they knew
and loved their Creator,
and often prayed to Him.
/ .. .;. In these habits they were
J- trained especially by their
mother, an Englishwoman,
"who had herself sprung
from a pious family.
Mr. Raven did not send his children to school,
but instructed them himself, with the assistance
of his wife and a teacher who came to the house
for a few hours daily. The Bible, he said,
mentions nothing of schoolmasters, but every-
where commands fathers themselves to instruct
their families.






The Young Ravens. 13
Now it would certainly be impossible for all
fathers to do this, because the greater part of their
time is required by business; but Mr. Raven had
been already so much prospered by God, that he
could easily arrange to have sufficient leisure for
doing so. He selected, therefore, a foreman, who
took the oversight of his concerns; and after
spending a few hours in his manufactory and
counting-house daily, devoted the rest of his
time to his children. In the middle of the day,
and in the afternoon when the weather was un-
favourable, they all played in a large court
behind the house; but when it was fine, their
father often took them for a walk, either to
Greenwich, or to Battersea fields, beside the
Thames; and when a half holiday occurred, they
sometimes went to Hyde Park. His conversation
with them was always instructive; for he was a
clever and intelligent man.
From their earliest years, he accustomed them
to the most perfect openness: they almost
thought aloud. "When you converse with
strangers, then think before you speak," was his
advice; "but when you talk with me or your
mother, then study only to be sincere: say what-






14 The Raven's Feather.

ever you think." It often happened, therefore,
that an improper word escaped, and sometimes
too strong an expression; but this was much
better than insincerity or falsehood, and much
more easily corrected.
Mr. Raven often said to his friends, "I con-
sider it my greatest happiness that among my
ten children there is not one hypocrite. They
cannot conceal anything from me; and I really
think if they had planned some surprise for me
on my birthday, they could not help telling me
of it the afternoon before."
I will tell you some of these children's
remarks, with which, I dare say, you will be
pleased. Little Bobby, in his third year, was
still so dull that in answer to the question,
"Why does it not rain into your bed?" after
much thought, replied, "The watchmen prevent
its doing so." Afterwards, however, he became
more sensible, and often asked the strangest
questions, and made the most curious remarks
while at play. When he was about six years
old, he asked his mother one day, "Mother,
from whence do the Turks come?"
"God made them. my dear," she replied.

I*






The Young Ravens. 15
"But the Turks are so wicked; must not
"wicked things be made by men ?"
"Yes," replied his mother, "God did not
make them wicked; they have become so."
At another time he asked, "Mother, is it not
true that Jesus is less than God?"
Oh no," she at once said; "the Son is equal
to the Father,-God as He is God."
"But," replied Bobby, "He says Himself,
'The Father is greater than I.'"
His mother explained to him that Jesus had
spoken this in His humiliation, and referred
only to His humanity, which was now also
exalted to Divine glory.
Bobby read his Bible very diligently, and
delighted much in relating to others the beau-
tiful stories he found in this precious book.
When he was nine years old, he wrote all the
interesting histories from the Old Testament,
about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, etc., in a
little book; and as he had a taste for drawing,
he made a little picture to illustrate each. He
copied both the stories and the pictures twenty
times, and then distributed them amongst his
little companions and playfellows.







16 The Raven's Feather.

Little Harry was six years old when he asked
one beautiful morning, as they were walking in
the country, and the birds sung sweetly around,
"Father, do you think the good birds will go
to heaven?"
"Which do you call the good birds ?" asked
his father.
"The little birds," replied Harry, "which,
like the larks, praise the good God as they ought,
and do not quarrel and chase each other out of
their nests, but are always diligent like the
sparrows."
His father told him of the difference between
birds and human beings, who have souls that
live for ever.
Little Eugene, a bright hopeful boy, died
when he was very young. In his last painful
illness, when so weak that he could scarcely say
more than Yes or No, his mother asked him,
"Would you rather stay with mamma, or go to
the Saviour ?" Go to the dear Saviour," he at
once replied, "for He died on the cross to save
sinners; and I believe on Him."
Oh that all who ask when they shall first talk
to their children of the Saviour would place







The Young Ravens. 17

themselves in spirit at the dying bed of their
little ones: they would not then need to ask,
When?

But where have we left Severin?
You can easily conceive how delightful it was
to him to be placed in such a family, and how
heartily he thanked God for such a provision.
As Michael was about his own age, they soon
became great friends. Michael was intended for
a merchant; but Severin's inclination leaned
more towards the business which his father had
followed, and he wished, therefore, to have an
opportunity of learning mechanics. Mr. Raven
did not object, but thought it was desirable that
he should previously study mathematics for a
year, and for this purpose procured him a
teacher.
As Severin had naturally good abilities, and
paid great attention, he made rapid progress,
and thus acquired the approbation of his teacher
and of his foster parents. He also won their
love by his obedient and modest behaviour. No
wonder, then, he was so happy in the family
circle in which God had thus placed him.
c43







18 The Raven's Feather.

At the end of the year, Mr. Raven apprenticed
him to a mechanic, who willingly undertook to
instruct so promising a boy. Mr. Ettwood (for
that was the name of Severin's master) lived not
far from Mr. Raven, so that Severin could still
remain with his adopted parents, and was only
obliged to spend an appointed number of hours
daily at the house of his instructor. This was
the more pleasant to him, as Mr. Ettwood,
although a very clever man, was not a Christian,
and would not willingly listen to conversation
about the Word of God or the Saviour.
How happy was Severin that he could still
unite in the morning and evening devotions,
when Mr. Raven assembled all his children and
servants around him, and that he could spend
the sabbath with this beloved family, and
regularly attend with them at the Savoy Church,
where Mr. Burckhardt of Basle then preached !
In the meantime, Michael was placed with a
merchant, who lived at some distance from his
parents. He could, therefore, only visit them
on Sunday. This he did at first regularly,
especially for the pleasure of seeing Severin, to
whom he manifested the strongest affection, and






The Young Ravens. 19

always treated him with the greatest confidence.
"With his accustomed openness he related to his
parents at every visit all that had happened
during the week, when he had committed a
fault, or when he had been led by his com-
panions into any scenes of folly. By degrees,
however, his visits became less frequent; and at
last, as a thunderclap, the intelligence came to
his parents that Michael had secretly left the
merchant, and had gone no one knew whither.
"What sorrowful news for such parents!
"If," said Mr. Raven, "I had been told that a
machine in the manufactory was broken, one of
my ships wrecked, or a sum of five hundred
pounds lost, I could have looked around my
family group, and thought, I am still rich enough,
I have hands to work, a right to pray, and a
Father in heaven. But who can bring my
Michael to me again?"
"Your Father in heaven," said Mr. Leutfried,
a German friend, who came to comfort the
sorrowing parents,-" your Father in heaven,
whose eyes are over all, whose angels surround
all, and who forgets not even the least."
"You are quite right," replied Mr. Raven;






20 The Raven's Feather.

"but if a person will walk over a precipice, he
must expect to fall in."
"Not always," said Mr. Leutfried. "Peter
stood on the water; and in answer to prayer
God still works wonders."
"We may certainly depend on the protection
of God and His angels while walking in the path
of duty," replied Mr. Raven; "but my poor
disobedient Michael is wandering on a forbidden
way; what will then preserve him from evil ?"
"Our prayers," answered Mr. Leutfried;
"which we will offer incessantly to God, until
they are heard: of His willingness to hear we
dare not doubt."
"No," replied both the parents; "and on no
other help can we now depend."







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CHAPTER III.
Zhe lhilbren's jrinab.

"C, ICHAEL'S parents na-
"--- turally made all pos-
-- I sible inquiries, and
:(i V spared neither expense
nor trouble to ascertain
what had become of their
'.' b.m; but it was in vain:
S'' .i1 they could learn was, that
m. e other apprentices in the
neighbourhood were also miss-
ing, but where they were gone no one knew;
and this was not to be wondered at, in so large
a city as London. They were therefore obliged
patiently to wait.
-But the time was not lost, for to his brothers
and sisters Michael's sorrowful lot was a strong
motive for clinging the more closely to their
beloved parents; and Severin endeavoured by







22 The Raven's Feather.
every possible means to console their hearts for
the loss of their eldest son. But they could not
and would not forget him; and in order to ex-
cite themselves and all their family to ardent
intercession for the poor wandering boy, his
place in the family circle was always left empty,
as if he had been daily expected to return. At
table, a chair and plate were placed for him at
each meal; and on Christmas day a Christmas
present was laid aside for him. Thus the
parents constantly showed their hope that God
would answer their prayers, and some day
restore to them their lost child.
One Sunday evening, when they were all
assembled, the chapter which they read at their
evening devotions contained an account of the
flood. When they came to the part in which it
is related that Noah sent out a raven and a
dove, that the dove returned, but that the raven
remained without, it seemed as if they all were
at once struck by the thought which their father
expressed aloud, God grant that our Raven
may not always remain without! At that
moment there was a knock at the door. All
instantly sprang up, exclaiming, "That is our







The Children's Friend. 23

Michael I" The door was opened, and Mr.
Leutfried entered.
He was not a little surprised to find the
family in such a commotion; and on his asking
an explanation, Mr. Raven related to him what
they had been reading, and what their thoughts
had been.
"If you will only sit down, I will tell you
my thoughts also," said Mr. Leutfried. "I
once read the history of a man who had a great
many children: amongst these was one son
whom he particularly loved, and distinguished
above the rest of his family. Suddenly this son
was lost, and his father supposed him dead; but
at last, after a great many years, the intelligence
came that he was still alive, and had become
the first minister of a mighty king. Is it not possi-
ble that some day we may receive equally happy
news from Michael ?"
"Oh," said Bobby, "I know you mean
Joseph, who became the first minister in the
court of the king of Egypt."
"Yes, you are quite right," replied Mr. Leut-
fried.
"But with Joseph," said Mr. Raven, "the

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24 The Raven's Feather.
case was quite different; he was sold by his
brethren against his own will."
"But are you certain that Michael was not
conveyed away by somewhat similar means ? "
"Certainly not: but if it were so, I should
think he would have found an opportunity to
acquaint his parents with his sorrowful lot."
"But," said Bobby, "Joseph did not send
his father any intelligence about himself; and I
have often thought it was not right of him. He
must have known how much his father would
grieve on his account; and if he really loved
his father so much, I should have thought he
would have wished to know how he was too."
"But, Bobby," said his mother, "do you
think there were at that time such convenient
opportunities of sending to a distance as we
have now? Do you think there were weekly
posts from Egypt to Canaan, as there are from
London to Edinburgh, or to the West Indies ? "
Oh, no; but the Midianitish merchants
certainly went every year to Egypt, and could
easily have taken a letter to Jacob. Or, if
Joseph had not wished that, as he had become
so rich and powerful, he could have sent a







The Children's Friend. 25

present to his father by a messenger, with a
couple of camels."
"Perhaps he did write," said his brother
Henry, "and the letter was lost on the way, as
father's lately was from Philadelphia; or per-
haps his messenger died."
Who knows," 'said Alexander, but Joseph
may have thought, if I send a letter, it will
perhaps fall into the hands of my brothers ; and-
when they find I am become so great and rich,
out of fear they will destroy it; and if I send a
messenger, they will persuade my father it is all
a deception?"
"Perhaps Joseph could not write," said
Anthony. "The Bible says nothing of letters
before the time of Moses; and in the Book of
Joshua I think a letter is mentioned for the
first time."
"Ah," said Joseph, I must take the part of
my namesake. I think he knew the years of
famine were coming, and therefore patiently
waited, expecting his brothers would then come
and buy corn."
"Yes," said their mother; and perhaps he
might have heard of his father, and had private







26 The Raven's Feather.
reasons for not wishing then to make him ac-
quainted with his circumstances."
But you have all forgotten one thing, and
that is, the plan of God. He arranged that all
should happen as it really did happen; and
perhaps God intimated to Joseph, who always
attentively listened to His voice, that he was to
wait. What do you think, my friend ?" said Mr.
Leutfried, turning to Mr. Raven.
"Yes, I think we must thus console our-
selves about our dear Michael. God still orders
all things, and when His own hour comes, per-
haps He will send to us also joyful intelligence."
Mr. Leutfried was a great friend to the
children, and whenever he paid them a visit,
which happened almost daily, they all flocked
around him, in joyful expectation of what he
had brought them; for he always took them
something which gave them pleasure-either a
beautiful story, or a poem, or a picture, or
something of the kind, through which they
might receive instruction in an agreeable manner.
He often read with them a history out of the
Old Testament, or a chapter in the New, ald
afterwards asked them various questions on the







The Children's Friend. 27
subjects it suggested; and especially directed
their attention to the Lamb of God, which
taketh away the sin of the world.
Under this watchful and tender care, and in
the sunshine of God's grace, the young trees in
this family garden grew and flourished; and as
their branches extended and became more
covered with leaves, the vacant space was less
perceptible which Michael's absence occasioned,
though it was not filled up; for Severin had a
place of his own.
I am not now speaking figuratively, but
literally; for Mr. Raven had adopted the custom
of planting a tree for every child on the day of
its birth, in the small garden behind his house.
These trees were arranged in a circle round a
basin of water, which was always kept filled.
On each tree hung a small iron tablet, inscribed
with the name of the child for whom it was
planted. Severin also had one of these trees;
but a place in the circle for the twelfth was yet
unoccupied. When Michael disappeared, his
tree was dug up, and placed in an empty corner
of the garden. Mr. Leutfried feared it would
die; but "Oh no," said Mr. Raven; "it will







28 The Raven's Feather.
do it no harm, if we only leave it sufficient
earth."
Let us hope," said Mr. Leutfried, that oui
Michael also may have taken away so much
earth from the parental garden that he may not
perish."
"The first year after the tree is moved,"
added Mr. Raven, "it will assuredly bear no
fruit."
"Certainly not; and that I fear will be the
case with Michael too," replied his friend.
In the meantime, it was a source of pleasure
to all in the house to see that the tree remained
green, gradually took root and flourished.





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CHAPTER IV.

5eberin's it to (i'f r i.iuInu

HE time of Severin's appren-
ticeship having passed away,
the dreaded hour drew near
when he must leave the loved
circle in which God had so
Wonderfully placed him.
Whilee he was with Mr.
SEttwood he heard that an
__.::-=--- uncle, a clever mechanic,
was living at Strasburg.
He therefore wrote to him, and received in
reply a friendly invitation to come to Strasburg,
and work for him. Such an opening Mr. Raven
thought was not to be neglected, though he was
unwilling to part with his adopted son.
With many tears the parting hour was
solemnized; and after Severin had promised
to return again as soon as his circumstances







30 The Baven's Feather.

would permit, he entreated his adopted father
not to allow his tree to be removed.
"That certainly shall not be done," replied
his father, "unless I hear that you have ceased
to walk in the ways of God. See, Eugene's
tree stands still in its place, because I know
that he is not lost; and if I had been assured
the same of Michael, his tree should never have
been transplanted. The Lord preserve thee,
that thou mayest never fall into the net of
temptation, or sit in the seat of the scorner."
Severin left in a ship that sailed to Dunkirk,
and from thence made his way through France
on foot. It was just before the outbreak of the
French revolution, and the whole country was
in commotion. Severin hastened to reach a
spot where peace still reigned; for all he saw
and heard around was most painful to him.
From his earliest youth he had been accustomed
to look on all things in the light of God's Word.
When he, therefore, heard such bold expressions
of contempt of the government amongst the peo-
ple, he thought of those Divine precepts which
command obedience and submission to the higher
powers. Thus through his early and intimate






Severii's Visit to Germany. 31
acquaintance with God's Word, the truths of
which he never doubted, he was preserved from
the infidelity and frivolity which then spread
so fearfully and widely among young people
of his age.
After a journey of three weeks, he arrived at
Nancy, in the immediate neighbourhood of
Strasburg. During the last day, he travelled
over mountains; and as he now stood on the
farthest summit, the old town, with its beautiful
high minster tower, lay stretched before him;
and in the distance the still more ancient
German stream, the Rhine, was winding through
the wide plain. As he now saw again for the
first time, on the other side of the Rhine,
German mountains, and his beloved German
fatherland, his heart beat more quickly. For
this moment he had earnestly longed. Although
he had nothing to find in Germany but his
mother's grave, and although England had
become to him a second fatherland, to which he
owed much, and in which he had many friends,
who prayerfully and affectionately thought of
him, still it was in Germany his fathers had
dwelt, ; which he had for the first time beheld







32 The Raven's Feather.

the light of day, and to which he owed his first
religious instructions and impressions.
Thus as the hymns and texts learned in
youngest years are the most easily retained, and
even in old age can be still a source of pleasure,
so the impressions and scenes of childish days
are the most deeply engraved on the memory.
Severin was deeply moved by the thought that
he was now so near to his earthly home, and
sitting down under an oak, was obliged to give
vent to his feelings. I will tell you what he
wrote about them in his journal.
"Towards afternoon, I reached the last
mountain summit, from which I could look
down upon my beloved German fatherland.
Oh, it is not long before I shall thus gaze for the
first time upon my far more beautiful heavenly
home: there I shall no more be weary, and no
longer dwell amongst wicked men, who can so
easily entice me to evil; but this is a foretaste
of that feeling, and thus the children of Israel
longed for home, when they sat by the waters of
Babylon and thought on Zion. Here is the land
of my fathers, in which they lived, and conflicted,
and died; and here my mother peacefully re-







Seveiin's Visit to Germany. 33

poses. I hail thee, my dear fatherland! Many
great and pious men hath the Lord raised out of
the'e; and much light of the knowledge and
fear of God still shines over thy homes, and in
thy lowly cottages. Long may it be preserved;
may it ever increase. I will look up, and pray
to the Lord in heaven: 'Thou great God,
how wonderful is Thy way! how mercifully hast
Thou conducted me, and how can I thank Thee
sufficiently for all Thy goodness ? I was a poor
orphan boy, to whom no way was open, but to
Thy fatherly heart; and Thou didst hear my
prayer, and gavest me again parents, and
brothers, and sisters, who loved me and Thee
also. And now Thou hast brought me here,
what will now become of me? What still
awaits me ? O Father, leave Thou me not; let
me never forget Thee, and then I shall be truly
happy.'
I had often delighted before in watching the
beautiful forms of the clouds, and particularly
in the afternoon when imagination can picture
amongst them such an endless variety of forms;
but I never saw them before so lovely as they
were this afternoon. The day had been lower-
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34 The Raven's Feather.
ing, and the sun constantly concealed by heavy
clouds. Stormy winds drove the vapoury at-
mosphere into thick masses, and the rain drizzled
drearily over the mountains; but just as the
sun was about to set, the thickly woven veil
which had so long concealed it burst asunder,
and the sun shone brightly through. A west
wind rising quickly, drove away the black clouds,
while in the- east the rain descended in showers.
A rainbow gradually appeared, and the rays of
the setting sun glancing on the flying clouds
were brightly reflected on the clear stream
below. But the sun at last set,.the bright and
many-coloured bow faded, the varied forms all
disappeared, and the thick vapoury clouds once
more gathered over the valley. It was dark;
and I now perceived that I had wasted the time
that was necessary for reaching the town that
night. I was tired, and was therefore glad to
find, at no great distance, a small inn at which
I could pass the night."
The next morning, Severin went into the city,
and was kindly received by his uncle. He soon
perceived that he had much to learn, and there-
fore began at once to work industriously. In






Severin's Visit to Germany. 35
the family of his uncle all were incessantly
busied and anxious about earthly things; but
about those that are eternal none appeared to
feel any concern.
As soon as it was found that Severin preferred
prayer to idle conversation, and would rather
spend his time quietly reading his Bible, or
some other book, than with giddy companions,
they all laughed at him, and declared he must
be a weak-minded fellow; but as his work was
never neglected, and his cleverness and infor-
mation soon became known, none dared tell him
so. His uncle only blamed him sometimes
because he was not merry enough, and did not
associate with those of his own age.
"Just so, your father was always low-
spirited," he said; "but he never got much
good from being so, and at last died a poor
man."
"But," answered Severin, "he still at least
died as an honourable man; and I may add,
though I fear you will not attach much import-
ance to it, he died as a Christian who enjoyed
the hope of eternal life."
Severin did not conceal his opinions; and when







3s The Raven's Feather.
a suitable opportunity offered for introducing
the subject, he was not ashamed to confess that
Jesus and His Word were dearer to him than the
whole world. When, therefore, he was scorned
by the light-minded and unbelieving people by
whom he was surrounded, he looked to Him who
has promised that those who honour Him He
will honour.
It was a long time before he found a friend
who thought like himself, and who would con-
verse with him on the most important subjects.
But at last he had the happiness to become
acquainted with a young man living in Stras-
burg, about his own age, of the name of
Michael, who could thoroughly sympathise with
him. Michael was the son of pious parents,
who trained up their children in the love and
fear of God. He had been intended at first for
a minister, and had great delight in the antici-
pation; but as it was discovered that his lungs
were tender, he was obliged to choose another
profession.
Severin first met him while walking in the
wood, through which the road from Neuhof to
Colmar leads. Perceiving that he was reading







Severin's Visit to Germany. 37
the New Testament, he took the liberty to address
him. This is one of the privileges of those who
love Jesus,-they are soon good friends. When
they have conversed a short time, they find they
have so many feelings in common, that they
soon become as confidential as if they had been
long intimate. This is particularly the case with
travellers, when they are so happy as unexpect-
edly to find a companion in the faith and hope
of the Gospel.
My young readers know where Constantinople
is, the residence of the Turkish Sultan ? Sup-
pose one of you were to go there on business,
and when in the Bazaar, where all around were
speaking Turkish, suddenly an Englishman were
to meet your eye, what surprise and delight
would you feel! If, on questioning him whence
he came, he were to reply, "I come from
London; my parents live in such a street;" and
you were to find that he came from the same
place as yourself, how would you rejoice to find
in the stranger a friend with whom you could
converse about so many acquaintances in your
beloved home! Thus delighted is the heavenly
citizen, who wanders as a pilgrim below, when







88 The Raven's Feather.
he unexpectedly discovers a fellow citizen with
whom he can talk of his heavenly fatherland.
You can conceive, therefore, how happy Severin
and Michael were when they thus met.
From this time they spent a part of every day
together, reading the Word of God, and com-
municating to each other their thoughts and
feelings, and mutually exciting each other to
more perfect confidence and trust in that blessed
Saviour who can alone give true peace to the
soul.

In the meantime, the revolution in France
had reached its height, and was now spreading
fearfully in Strasburg. Those men who would
take no part in these commotions were suspected
of being enemies to the new government, and
were therefore thrown into prison; and many
were executed. Severin himself saw a poor
fruit-woman guillotined, because she refused to
take ten sous in the new paper money issued by
the government. To remain in Strasburg amidst
such fearful confusion was impossible. Severin
therefore determined to go into Germany; but
he had great difficulty in getting a passport.







Severin's Visit to Germany. 39

At last, however, he obtained one, and it was
the very first one which was signed by the
officer of the new Republic.
Michael resolved to accompany him, as he
was in daily fear of being obliged to serve in the
army. He could not think of entering into the
service of the murderers of his king; and he
therefore resolved on leaving his country at
once. Under these circumstances, he could not
expect to obtain a passport; he therefore took
an old one, and hoped with the help of God to
escape.
They both started together on the road which
leads to Kehl; but they had scarcely reached the
gates, when they were met by a number of
carriages filled with recruits for the regiment for
which Michael had been intended: they there-
fore concealed themselves amongst the bushes
until they had passed. In about a quarter of
an hour they left their retreat, and went up
courageously to the officers of the government
stationed at the gates, who at once demanded
their passports. Severin took his out imme-
diately, and presented it. Scarcely had they
glanced at the seal and the signature, when







40 The Raven's Feather.

they delightedly exclaimed, Vive la Republique
Francaise!" They did not even ask for
Michael's, but with the greatest politeness
allowed them both to pursue their way. Soon
after they separated: Severin, whose passport
was made out for Basle, wished to enter on the
French side; but Michael thought he could
travel more securely through Germany. With
many tears they parted; after mutually commit-
ting themselves to the gracious care and guidance
of God, they agreed to meet again if possible
the next Friday, at Basle.
Severin continued his way cheerfully, often
thinking of his friends in London, from whom
he had frequently received pleasant news.
When he approached the French outguards, of
whom he had heard not a very favourable
account, he turned aside from the road, and
finding a solitary barn, got up into the hay-loft.
Here he took out his workbox, which he always
carried with him on journeys, in case of accidents,
and commenced sewing his ready money (all of
which he had changed into ducats) into the
bottom of his great-coat.
When his preparations were completed, he







Severin's Visit to Germany. 41
went up to the guards. They had but little
respect for his beautiful new passport, but at
once led him into the watch-room, where he
was obliged to undress, even to his shirt. At
the same time they searched through his
travelling-bag, and found amongst other things
a phial bottle filled with medicine, which Severin
always carried about with him, because he was
subject to spasms. As soon as they perceived
the contents of the bottle, their roughness
changed into the kindest sympathy, and ex-
claiming, "Ah camerade malade malade?"
they immediately put all his things together
again, clothed him from head to foot, and
returning everything to him uninjured, allowed
him to pursue his way in peace. Thus even his
weakness of body was of service to him.
On Friday afternoon Severin arrived at Basle,
and as he was passing under St. John's Arch,
the clock struck six. He went immediately to
the market, and in order to refresh himself after
his wearisome day's journey bought some plums.
"While stooping over the basket to select them,
some one touched him on the shoulder, and
looking round, his travelling companion Michael







42 The Raven's Feather.

stood behind him. What a joyful welcome was
that! He had also been wonderfully assisted
by God, and had entered Basle on the German
side at the same hour as Severin.
That it really happened thus you may believe
me; for one of the two was-my father. Ah !
long has he ceased to wander here below, long
have white roses flourished over his grave ; and
when I meet him again he will no longer be
called Michael, or Severin, but will have a
new name, which no man knows but he who
receives it.







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CHAPTER V.

Zlihe Utexlnte-b Meuing.
E must now leave
M licnhael, who after a
short stay in Basle
Sent to Upper Suabia,
e from hence to Silesia,
and at last settled in
Hw Bailiwick, and there
after a few years died.
Severin, not being able to find any profitable
situation in Basle, left with him, and accom-
panied him as far as the Lake of Constance.
How little did he then think what important
events would afterwards happen to him in Basle.
How little do any of us know of the future, and
what a blessing it is that we do not know more !
Let us be careful that we rightly use the know-
ledge that we do possess, and remember that a
judgment day is quickly coming, when we shall







44 The Raven's Feather.
all receive according to our works. Severin
never forgot this, and therefore it was that he
endeavoured to walk as in the sight of God.
In Constance Severin took an affectionate
leave of his friend, after commending him to the
gracious care of God. They never met again on
earth, but eternity will reunite them.
From Constance Severin travelled to Lindau,
and from thence to Munich. Here, while walk-
ing near Charles's Gate, he was stopped by a
beggar, who entreated his assistance. Severin
immediately gave him a small silver coin with-
out waiting to look at it. It happened to be a
French coin, which he had brought with him
from France without knowing it. When the
beggar went to change it, he was asked at once
from whence he had obtained French money:
he replied that it had been given him by a well-
dressed young man of whom he had asked alms,
near Charles's Gate. The circumstances were
at once made known to the police, who required
the beggar to give a most minute account of the
dress and appearance of the stranger; for it was
suspected he must be a French emissary, sent to
scatter here the seeds of revolution.







The Unexpected Meeting. 45
Persons were quickly sent in every direction
to find him; and, greatly to Severin's surprise, he
was arrested while quietly looking at the Gothic
style of the Augustinian church, afid immedi-
ately conveyed to the police house. At the
examination, his passport was required : it was
made out from Basle, where happily his French
passport had been left. In the passport itself
there was nothing suspicious; and when they
questioned him about the money, he immediately
showed the whole of his ready cash, which con-
sisted entirely of German coins ; but as he could
not deny having given something to the beggar
who was placed before him, although he still
protested he did not know it to be French money,
it was considered suspicious, and he was there-
fore conveyed to prison.
Severin was placed in a clean but well-guarded
room, and sat down, quite at a loss to think
what would become of him. How happy he
was that his conscience assured him that he was
perfectly innocent! and how consolatory was
it to him, at the first glance in the New Testa-
ment (which he always carried with him), to
read the words, "It is better, if the will of God







46 The Raven's Feather.
be so, that ye suffer for well doing than for evil
doing." "This is just my case," said Sdverin,
quite rejoiced; and now I can most willingly
leave all the future in the hands of God."
Eight days Severin remained in this perplexing
uncertainty; it appeared as if he were quite
forgotten. But the time was not painful to him,
but richly blessed; for he employed it in a
grateful retrospect of all the goodness and
mercy he had received from the hands of God,
since his fifteenth year. This filled his mind
with praise and love, and excited the joyful
hope that the same God would continue to make
all things work together for his good, and show
him that in Germany as well as in England He
governed all things.
On the ninth day of his imprisonment he was
suddenly told he was at liberty to go. Why
the police officer came to this decision, or
whether any one had interceded with him for
the prisoner, Severin never learned.
After these circumstances, Severin was natur-
ally anxious to leave Munich at once, and com-
menced, therefore, the same day his journey
towards the north. Passing through Nuremburg







The Unexpected Meeting. 47
and Bayreuth, he arrived at Hof, where he
rested for a day. The scenery around Hof
delighted him extremely, particularly one hill,
from the summit of which he could see Prussia,
Saxony, Bohemia, Bayreuth, and even as far as
Russia. In his journal, I find the following
remarks on this spot:
"From a hill near Hof the -surrounding
scenery was most beautiful. I sat down, and,
resting my back against a tree, most thoroughly
enjoyed it. It is much pleasanter here, I
thought, than in the prison at Munich; but
still I am in a prison, in this body of sin and
death, to which I am bound. If I were not,
how quickly would I now fly as a raven to
England; but I have no raven's wing, only one
feather. When we escape from this prison, and
are clothed with our bodies of light, how quickly
shall we then fly from one end of the city of
God to another!
"Amidst these thoughts, I fell asleep, and
dreamed of the times of the first Christian
church. I was in the midst of an assembly of
Christians, and heard with heartfelt delight
their songs and prayers. A serious, dignified-






48 The Raven's Feather.
looking man arose, and spoke impressively of
the promises of the Word of God. But suddenly
the doors were broken open, and a company of
heathen soldiers burst in, and carried away the
speaker, and as many of the assembly as could
not escape, and brought them before the judge.
I was amongst the prisoners, but I was surprised
to find I felt no fear. Before the judge, all
courageously confessed their faith, and gave
witness to Jesus as the only Saviour of the
world. One only was unfaithful, and denied
his Lord. The looks of inexpressible pity with
which the rest regarded him I cannot attempt
to describe. All were condemned to death,
some perished on the scaffold, some by the
sword, and some were thrown to wild beasts.
When I was about to be led to execution, a
voice from behind me exclaimed, Thou shalt
live longer,' and immediately I awoke.
"On looking around, I perceived that it
had become evening; the sun was still above
the distant mountains, but just about to set. A
sharp north wind blew and chased the fleecy
clouds across its setting rays. Slowly it disap-
peared, and the whole mass of clouds became







The UInexpected Meeting. 49

glowing red. In the north, dark purple clouds
slowly ushered in advancing night; while
in the east the high trees still glistened in the
departing sunbeams.
But by degrees it became darker and damper,
until the moon at last appeared, and shed its
pale rays over the scene. A heavy fog came on,
and a shower commencing, I sprang up and
hastened down into the town, that I might cool
my excited imagination by intercourse with my
fellow beings. They had truly other thoughts
and other imaginations; for in the inn and up
and down the streets I heard nothing but
quarrelling; and from what I understood of their
conversation I soon perceived that earthliness
and vanity filled all their hearts. I could not
remain amongst them, but retired at once into
solitude for prayer. In communion with God I
found peace, and felt that I could resign my
whole future course into His hands."
Our traveller next visited Thuringen, as he
had a great desire to see Luther's birthplace,
and the castle in which he had translated tho
Bible. In Basle he had already seen the
church where the celebrated .Ecolampadius
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50 The Raven's Feather.
preached, three hundred years before. In this
part of his journey, also, he experienced the
guardian care of God. Not far from Eisenach,
he met with a merchant from Altona, who was
on a business journey. He entered into con-
versation with him; and when the merchant
perceived that Severin was a pious young man
who walked in the fear of God, he at once
asked him to what place he was going.
"To Hamburg," was the answer.
Oh, that is pleasant," said the merchant,
"for we can travel together, if you will not
object to going a little out of your way."
"It will make no difference at all to me,"
replied Severin, "if I can enjoy the pleasure of
your company and your conversation."
They had not passed many hours together
before the merchant accidentally found out that
Severin was a foster son of Mr. Raven, of London,
with whom he had transacted business, and was
also on terms of friendship. He immediately
offered to lend him any money he might want.
This offer came most opportunely; for he was just
then in great difficulty, having parted with his
last piece of money the day before. Mr.







The Unexpected Meeting. 51
Raven had desired him, whenever he required
money, to use some open credit letters on
German houses of business which he had given
him. Thinking he had sufficient money, he
had neglected to make use of one in Nuremberg,
and he had not another address until Hamburg.
In this instance also he gratefully acknowledged
the care of God, which thus evidently provided
for his necessities. He was equally grateful
for the instructive conversation of his travelling
companion, which made the journey pass plea-
santly away.
Having reached Hamburg, they separated;
and Severin at once inquired for a ship for
England. In the harbour, he learned that a
vessel was just ready to leave, and that the
captain was to be met with on the Exchange.
"When he arrived, he found that most of the
people had already left. Seeing a young man,
whose sunburnt countenance and dress gave him
the appearance of a captain, leaning against one
of the pillars which supported the front of the
Exchange, he went up to him, and politely
asked if he would point out to him the captain
of tie Leonidas.







52 The Raven's Feather.
He has been gone some time," replied the
stranger; "but if I can be of any service to
you with him it will give me pleasure: he is a
friend of mine."
Severin immediately explained to him his
circumstances. The stranger promised to make
arrangements.for him, and requested him to call
upon him the next day at ten o'clock.
The next morning Severin went at the ap-
pointed time, and found with the stranger the
captain of the Leonidds, who at once told him
that on account of unexpected hindrances he
should not be able to go to sea for eight days;
but if in the mean time he did not find a better
opportunity, a place in his ship would be quite
at his service. As the captain and the young
man both invited him to stay longer, he
remained, and entered into conversation with
them on a sea life. Severin, seeing that the
stranger appeared to be interested in him, asked
him to relate to him his history, and to tell him
how it was he had become a seaman.
"I will willingly tell you," replied the
stranger: and as you converse openly with
me, I will return your confidence. I was born







The Unexpected Meeting. 53

m London, and intended by my parents for a
merchant, and had almost finished my appren-
ticeship, when I was led astray by some young
companions, and induced by them to seek my
fortune at sea."
"Did you do this without your parents' con-
sent? "
Not only without their consent, but without
their knowledge," he replied.
"Have you not often repented doing so ?"
"That would have been of no use: what is
done cannot be undone, even by repentance;
and a free life at sea suits my taste much better
than being confined for ever between four walls."
"Do your parents know where you are?"
asked Severin.
"What good could that do them? It is
better they should not know anything about
me; for I am sure my present course of life
would not please them."
"Have you never thought how much it must
pain your parents' hearts to hear nothing of
their lost son?"
My parents have a number of children. I
can live without them, and they can live with-







54 The Raven's Feather.
out me; when I am tired of a sea life, I can
return to them."
"I pity you from my heart," said Severin,
"with much feeling; "for I doubt not a time
will come when you will feel bitter remorse for
your present conduct."
That may be; but it is not so at present,"
said the stranger.
"Will you allow me to visit you again ? I
must leave you, as I have an appointment with
a banker at twelve o'clock."
It will always give me pleasure to see you."
Severin left; he could no longer restrain him-
self, for he could doubt no longer that it was his
lost foster-brother, Michael Raven, from whom
he had heard such cold and hard-hearted
expressions. At the very commencement of his
narrative this thought had struck him, and as
he examined his features narrowly, he thought
he recognized his countenance, although a wild
sea-life, with exposure to sun and heat, had
much altered it. "Ah," sighed Severin, "is it pos-
sible that a man who enjoyed such an education
can have fallen so deeply ? Am I to find in
such a condition the friend of my youth, of







The Unexpected Meeting. 55

whom I had such hopes that he would be the
comfort and joy of his parents ?"
From this time, through the rest of the day,
Severin was busy devising plans for the restora-
tion of the son of his benefactor and foster
father. He prayed to God for wisdom to direct
him, then walked up and down his room deeply
meditating. One moment he formed one reso-
lution, and then gave it up; the next instant
made another plan, and then found it would
not succeed; then walked out by the river, and
gazed upon its waters, as if they could counsel
him; but at last a thought darted into his
mind. "Yes, that will do," he said to himself,
and at once his mind was at peace. He
returned home, supped and went to bed, and
early the next morning, fetching his well-pre-
served raven's feather, inclosed it in a letter,
and wrote the following words:
"' The eye that mocketh at his father, and
despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the
valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles
shall eat it.' Further information Mr. --
may receive at the Custom House, up three
pairs of stairs."







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He then sealed the letter, and sent it the
stranger.
Scarcely had half an hour elapsed before the
stranger hastened into Severin's room, threw his
arms round his neck, and wept aloud. Severin
wept too, and for some time neither could speak.
At last, Michael (for so the stranger proved to
be) began: You have found the key to my
heart; the sight of this feather has awakened
all the recollections of my happy youth which
had so long slept; and the verse of Scripture
has reminded me of the time when the Word of
God was precious to me, and I trembled before
its commands. Oh, how long have I neglected
and forgotten it! But I must leave you, I must
first be reconciled to Him whom I have deeply
offended."
Severin could not object, but was delighted
God had so soon reclaimed his wandering friend.
Michael immediately returned home, and
falling down on his knees before God, acknow-
ledged with bitter tears his great and numerous
transgressions. For two days and two nights
this conflict continued: at last his mind became
lightened, and hope was given him that his







The Unexpected Mleeting. 57

sins were forgiven, through the grace of that
Saviour who came to seek and save the lost.
Severin did not disturb him, but waited patiently
to see what the work of grace would accomplish
in his heart. On the third morning Michael
again entered his room, but with brightened
eyes and a cheerful countenance. God be
praised, brother, I am helped: now the heavy
stone is taken from my heart, I feel calm as a
quiet morning after a storm, when the wind is
stilled and the sun rises peacefully over the
waters."
"I thank God," said Severin, that I have
found you again, but more than all that I have
thus found you as a pardoned sinner whom the
Saviour has received. But I am impatient to
hear the whole of your history, and then I will
tell you mine."







58





CHAPTER VI.




Il r'I I li.i was ready to satisfy
i v'- in's wish, and related,
,lit l,,re fully than is here
S' i1 it t. ., the following:
S'' "" Y':.- know that for some
".' t',. I-efore I left London I
visited my father's house but
seldom, and at last almost entirely avoided it.
I had entered into an agreement with some
dissipated apprentices to go with them to sea.
As it was painful to me to conceal this from my
father, with whom I had been accustomed from
my youth to the most confidential intercourse,
I went but seldom to see him. My scruples
then quickly gave way, and I consented to
leave with my wicked companions. We in-







Michael's Narrative. 59
tended in the first place to engage as common
sailors, and after gaining experience to rise to
higher situations, and become officers; a happi-
ness which we pictured to ourselves in the most
glowing colours.
Oh, how sadly were we deceived! They
certainly did not lose much; for they had
wicked parents, and no peculiar happiness to
anticipate in their future course. But I left
excellent parents, brothers, sisters, and friends,
and sacrificed the best prospects to a miserable
deception. Ah, I soon discovered my fearful
disappointment when it was too late We first
became sailors in an English merchant ship, but
it was taken prisoner by a pirate on our first
voyage; we had no other choice but to remain
on board this vessel. As I possessed some
mathematical knowledge, and improved the
opportunities the captain gave me of acquiring
information, I was soon raised to the situation
of mate. By degrees the sea life, which had at
first been so intolerable to me when a common
sailor, became more and more pleasant."
"When you found it so disagreeable," asked






60 The Raven's Feather.
Severin, "why did you not seek an opportunity
of returning to your parents, who would have
received you with open arms, and have used
every means to dissolve your connexion with the
ship ?"
"False shame held me back from returning
so soon, and confessing that I had been ensnared
and deceived. I was a fool, and preferred doing
wrong to confessing that I had erred. By
degrees, however, the recollection of my father's
house, and all that was good and Christian,
became almost entirely effaced, and through the
dissipation of a sea life, and the bad company in
which I lived, a rough carelessness was produced,
which prevented my thinking of my parents,
and the sorrow which my absence would occasion
them. I had given up prayer, and this was the
cause of all my misery. I assumed another name;
and though I occasionally inquired about my
family, I still most carefully guarded every
opportunity by which they might hear of me.
I feared they would endeavour to get me
again into their power, and I had by this
time become so passionately fond of a sea







Michael's Narrative. 61

life, that I thought I could never be willing
to live on the land."
"But did you not sometimes feel disquieted
within ? did not your conscience sometimes dis-
turb you?"
"Yes, certainly," replied Michael, "in hours
of solitude, I have sometimes heard a voice
within, admonishing.me to return to my father;
but as I always endeavoured at once to drown
it by fresh dissipation, it became less and less
frequent. Sometimes the thought would suggest
itself to me, whether it would be possible to be
again reconciled to God and my friends; and I
doubt whether I should ever have been so if
you had not been graciously sent to me. But
still this thought impressed me so much, that I
determined to leave the pirate ship secretly, and
to obtain a situation in a merchant vessel. I
soon succeeded; and it is only three days since I
arrived at this harbour in the vessel.
"When I saw your raven feather again and
read the solemn words of your note, they recalled
to my mind very powerfully the impression
which the first sight of the feather produced;







62 The Raven's Feather.
and I hope it will now be the means of directing
the wandering Raven once again to the ark."

Michael now endeavoured at once to give up
his situation; and as he found the mate of a
wrecked vessel staying in Hamburg, who was
glad to take it, this obstacle to his leaving
Germany was soon removed. The next day
they found a ship ready to sail to England, and
at once took their passage. The wind was at
first unfavourable; but after passing the coast of
Denmark they advanced rapidly with full sails
towards Michael's home.
On the way they had much to communicate
to each other; and while Severin related how
wonderfully and graciously God had led him,
and how much happiness he had enjoyed with
the children of God, Michael often sighed and
said, "Ah how happy you have been! and
how foolish have I been, thus to have lost so
much time! "
Before they could have conceived it possible,
they had reached England, and were sailing up
the Thames.






Michael's Aarraative. 63
Immediately on arriving in London, they
hastened to Mr. Raven's house. I will not
attempt to describe the happiness and rejoicings
amongst the family when they saw Severin
again, or how they all clustered around him,
impatient to have all their questions answered
at once. In the meantime, Michael stood at
the door without exciting the least attention,
until Severin took him by the hand;,and leading
him into the midst of the circle said, "I
bring you an old acquaintance. Do you not
remember my often mentioning in my letters
my travelling companion Michael ? This is
Michael, but not Michael from Strasburg, but
Michael Raven, who once flew away, but is
now returned as a dove."
Could you but have seen and heard how they
all wept together, rejoiced and triumphed, and
how they almost squeezed poor Michael to death,
as they each endeavoured to be first to embrace
him, you would indeed have been delighted.
Oh! if on earth the joy is so great when a
sinner repents and returns, how much greater
must it be in heaven!







64 The Raven's Feather.

Mr. Leutfried soon joined the happy party;
and all were anxious to know how it was that
Severin and Michael had met together. Michael
related the facts, and they were indeed astonished
when they heard that it was the raven's feather
which had pointed out to the Raven the way to
his home.
If I were to tell you that I have this Raven's
feather still in my possession, and that I have
written this story with it, what would you say ?














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