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A Story of To-day - Margret Howth

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MARGRET HOWTH.

A STORY OF TO-DAY

"My matter hath no voice to alien ears."


TO MY MOTHER.


CHAPTER I.


Let me tell you a story of To-Day,--very homely and narrow in its
scope and aim.  Not of the To-Day whose significance in the
history of humanity only those shall read who will live when you
and I are dead.  We can bear the pain in silence, if our hearts
are strong enough, while the nations of the earth stand afar off. 
I have no word of this To-Day to speak.  I write from the border
of the battlefield, and I find in it no theme for shallow
argument or flimsy rhymes.  The shadow of death has fallen on us;
it chills the very heaven.  No child laughs in my face as I pass
down the street.  Men have forgotten to hope, forgotten to pray;
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