DEATH BED PEACE BY MARIA E FAR I GHAM 1834-1909

" I will both lay me down in peace and sleep : for Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety." And so it is night that is falling ! I expected it not so soon ; It is the close of the evening, and I thought it was only noon. But the shadows are growing thicker, and a wonderful silence creeps Over my weaiy spirit, till it seems that the whole world sleeps. Beauty the nightfall, is it ? In the splendour of midday light It was always with shrinking terror that I thought of the darkning night. And now it is coming upon me ! But I am not so much afraid, For the Master has spoken to me — " Do not thou be dismayed." I can feel it is growing darker, and I think I am getting tired, — ight ? I have not accomplished the work that my soul desired. Can I leave it, though all unfinished, for an abler hand to do ? Well, fold it away for that other — may the Master help him through ! How silent the world is growing ! I will lay me upon my bed ; I am feeling so strangely weary, in heart and hands and head. But I am not perturbed or frightened as I see the sunlight cease — Oh, Father, Thou, Thou art with me, and I close my eyes in peace. I know I cannot be certain where the waking-place will be. But I know I shall dwell in safety, because I shall rest with Thee. And when I wake in the morning, cheered by that wondrous light. I shall not be faint or weary, Thou givest rest in the night.

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