A child's dream of a star

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Material Information

Title:
A child's dream of a star
Physical Description:
15 leaves, 11 leaves of plates : ill. ; 20 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Jenkins, Edward O ( Printer , Stereotyper )
Linton, W.J ( Engraver )
Billings, Hammatt, 1818-1874 ( Illustrator )
John R. Anderson & Co ( Publisher )
Publisher:
John R. Anderson & Co.
Place of Publication:
New York
Manufacturer:
Edward O. Jenkins, Printer and Stereotyper
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Christian life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Heaven -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Children -- Death -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Grief -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1881
Genre:
novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- New York -- New York

Notes

Statement of Responsibility:
by Charles Dickens ; with illustrations by Hammatt Billings.
General Note:
Text in a single ruled red boarder.
General Note:
Printed on one side of leaf only.
General Note:
Engraved by W.J. Linton.
Funding:
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management:
All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002225394
notis - ALG5667
oclc - 17683509
System ID:
UF00049579:00001

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By CHARLES DICKENS.




WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY HAMMATT BILLINGS.












NEW YORK:
JOHN R. ANDERSON & CO.,
NO. 55 CHAMBERS STREET.
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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870,

BY FIELDS, OSGOOD, & CO.,

in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
































BDWARD 0. JENKINS, PRINTER AND STEREOTYPE,
20 NOR1H WILLIAM ST., NEW YORK.


















LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

ENGRAVED BY W. J. LINTON.


I. ONE CLEAR SHINING STAR Frontispiece.
PAGE
II. THESE TWO USED TO WONDER 6

III. THE SISTER DROOPED 7

IV. A LITTLE GRAVE 8

V. A GREAT WORLD OF LIGHT 9

VI. "Is MY BROTHER COME?" IO

VII. THE COMPANY OF ANGELS II

VIII. "THY MOTHER IS NO MORE" 12

IX. A MAN, WHOSE HAIR WAS TURNING GRAY 13

X. "I SEE THE STAR!". 14

XI. IT SHINES UPON HIS GRAVE . 15











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k .- HERE was once a child,
Sand he strolled about a
Good deal, and thought of
a number of things. He
had a sister, who was a
*.^ child too, and his con-
stant companion. These
two used to wonder all day long. They
wondered at the beauty of the flowers;
they wondered at the height and blueness
of the sky; they wondered at the depth
of the bright water; they wondered at
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the goodness and the power of GOD, who
made the lovely world.
They used to say to one another, some-
times, Supposing all the children upon
earth were to die, would the flowers and
the water and the sky be sorry? They
believed they would be sorry. For, said
they, the buds are the children of the
flowers, and the little playful streams that
gambol down the hillsides are the chil-
dren of the water; and the smallest bright
specks playing at hide-and-seek in the sky
all night must surely be the children of
the stars; and they would all be grieved
to see their playmates, the children of
men, no more.
There was one clear shining star that
used to come out in the sky before the
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rest, near the church-spire, above the
graves. It was larger and more beauti-
ful, they thought, than all the others, and
every night they watched for it, standing
hand in hand at a window. Whoever
saw it first cried out, I see the star "
And often they cried out both together,
knowing so well when it would rise and
where. So they grew to be such friends
with it, that, before lying down in their
beds, they always looked out once again,
to bid it good night; and when they
were turning round to sleep, they used to
say, God bless the star! "
But while she was still very young, 0,
very, very young, the sister drooped, and
came to be so weak that she could no
longer stand in the window at night; and
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then the child looked sadly out by him-
self, and when he saw the star, turned
round and said to the patient pale face on
the bed, I see the star! And then a
smile would come upon the face, and a
little weak voice used to say, God bless
my brother and the star!"
And so the time came, all too soon!
when the child looked out alone, and
when there was no face on the bed; and
when there was a little grave among the
graves, not there before; and when the
star made long rays down towards him,
as he saw it through his tears.
Now, these rays were so bright, and
they seemed to make such a shining way
from earth to heaven, that when the child
went to his solitary bed, he dreamed about
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the star; and dreamed that, lying where
he was, he saw a train of people taken
up that sparkling road by angels. And
the star, opening, showed him a great
world of light, where many more such
angels waited to receive them.
All these angels, who were waiting,
turned their beaming eyes upon the peo-
ple who were carried up into the star;
and some came out from the long rows
in which they stood, and fell upon the
people's necks, and kissed them tenderly,
and went away with them down avenues
of light, and were so happy in their
company, that, lying in his bed, he wept
for joy.
But there were many angels who did
not go with them, and among them one
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he knew. The patient face that once
had lain upon the bed was glorified and
radiant, but his heart found out his sister
among all the host.
His sister's angel lingered near the en-
trance of the star, and said to the leader
among those who had brought the peo-
ple thither, Is my brother come ?"
And he said, "No."
She was turning hopefully away, when
the child stretched out his arms, and cried,
" O sister, I am here! Take me! And
then she turned her beaming eyes upon
him, and it was night; and the star was
shining into the room, making long rays
down towards him as he saw it through
his tears.
From that hour forth, the child looked
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out upon the star as on the home he was
to go to, when his time should come;
and he thought that he did not be-
long to the earth alone, but to the star
too, because of his sister's angel gone be-
fore.
There was a baby born to be a brother
to the child; and while he was so little
that he never yet had spoken word, he
stretched his tiny form out on his bed,
and died.
Again the child dreamed of the opened
star, and of the company of angels, and
the train of people, and the rows of an-
gels with their beaming eyes all turned
upon those people's faces.
Said his sister's angel to the leader, Is
my brother come ?"
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And he said, "Not that one, but an-
other."
As the child beheld his brother's angel
in her arms, he cried, O sister, I am
here! Take me!" Ahd she turned and
smiled upon him, and the star was shin-
ing.
He grew to be a young man, and
was busy at his books when an old ser-
vant came to him and said, "Thy moth-
er is no more. I bring her blessing on
her darling son "
Again at night he saw the star, and
all that former company. Said his sis-
ter's angel to the leader, "Is my brother
come? "
And he said, "Thy mother!"
A mighty cry of joy went forth through
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all the star, because the mother was re-
united to her two children. And he
stretched out his arms and cried, 0
mother, sister, and brother, I am here!
Take me! "
And they answered him, Not yet."
And the star was shining.
He grew to be a man, whose hair was
turning gray; and he was sitting in his
chair by the fireside, heavy with grief,
and with his face bedewed with tears,
when the star opened once again.
Said his sister's angel to the leader,
" Is my brother come ?"
And he said, "Nay, but his maiden
daughter."
And the man who had been the child
saw his daughter, newly lost to him, a
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celestial creature among those three, and
he said, My daughter's head is on my
sister's bosom, and her arm is round my
mother's neck, and at her feet there is
the baby of old time, and I can bear the
parting from her, GOD be praised!"
And the star was shining.
Thus the child came to be an old man,
and his once smooth face was wrinkled,
and his steps were slow and feeble, and
his back was bent. And one night as he
lay upon his bed, his children standing
round, he cried, as he had cried so long
ago, I see the star "
They whispered one another, He is
dying."
And he said, "I am. My age is fall-
ing from me like a garment, and I move
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towards the star as a child. And O my

Father, now I thank thee that it has so

often opened to receive those dear ones

who await me! "

And the star was shining; and it shines

upon his grave.
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