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LADY ELINOR MORDAUNT.

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OR

SUNBEAMS IN THE CASTLE.

BY

MARGARET MARIA GORDON,

ALTHOR OF

WORK, OR PLENTY TO DO AND HOW TO DO IT,” “SUNBEAMS IN THE
COTTAGE,” “

LEAVES OF HEALING," ETC., ETC.

" Art thou forgetful? Wouldest thou remember

From New Year's Day to the last of December?
Then read my fancies; they will stick like burs,
And may be to the helpless, comforters,

Oh then, come hither!
And lay my book, thy head and heart together."

JOHN BUNYAN.

EDINBURGH:

EDMONSTON AND DOUGLAS.

1860.

24.9.2.466.

[The right of Translation is reserved.]

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PREFACE.

In sending out another volume, the result of many years' interrupted work and thought, the Authoress would do so with many fears and doubts were its “popularity” her aim and object. A work of didactic fiction destitute of all artistic pretensions is likely to offend the serious, because it is “ light,' the

gay, because it is “heavy '—and the critic, because of its transgressions of the rules of art. She sends it forth, however, nothing fearing, --because she has endeavoured to say what she had to say in the form she believed most suitable, and most according

ability ; and casting it in faith and

uyer “upon the waters," she looks for ina ar mv days."

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