Excerpt from Musing Moments at Burritt and Vanderbilt
When we glance at the calendar of ages and behold here and there a tinted figure glow, a letter of living fire gleam forth in gorgeous, yet pure and perfect glory; when we step on the threshold of Time's hallowed hall of F... ame and wend our way along its mysterious, half-hidden labyrinths, searching for curios, and wondering in mute amazement at its pictured grandeur, pausing now and then before the shrine of some sacred goddess, some fair and faultless image of grace and beauty, some pure and perfect reflection of virtue and love; when we scan with certain scholarly care the pages, of history, and see written there on earth's eternal parchment-scroll such names as Deborah, Cornelia, Elizabeth and "Mary, the Mother of Washington," we are made to realize the glorious consummation of God's plan, the crowning excellence of His handiwork, in giving man a helpmeet and bestowing upon his kingdom a creature whose bewitching smile should tempt him to fall for the sake of showing his real worth and merit in rising again. Since the calm and quiet comfort of Eden was forever closed to mankind, woman, that crowning climax of all creation, has unceasingly struggled by his side, ever patient and kind and gentle, her feminine strength never yielding, to regain, not this garden of ease and idleness, but a freehold in the realm of his maker where angel bands chant the immortal hymn, its sublime notes to be forever wafted in pure and plaintive perfection across the Elysian fields, at last to be echoed in strains of soothing sweetness from the very corridors of Jehovah's temple.
Who would not he moved by the story of the simple yet boundless prudence and devotion of Deborah, "The Mother of Israel?" Who could read of the Excellence of Rachel and be not convinced that Jacob's fourteen summers at working and wooing and winning were not ill-spent? Aye, these women were the mothers of men and the makers of history.
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