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CHAPTER XX // strikes an ante And terror on my aching sight; the
tombs And monumental caves of death look cold, And shoot a
chillness to the trembling heart. Mourning Bride. Notwithstanding
the impatience of my conductor, I could not forbear to pause and
gaze for some minutes on the exterior of the building, rendered
more impressively dignified by the solitude which ensued when its
hitherto open gates were closed, after having, as it were, devoured
the multitudes which had lately crowded the churchyard, but now,
enclosed within the building, were engaged, as the choral swell of
voices from within announced to us, in the solemn exercises of
devotion. The sound of so many voices, united by the distance into
one harmony, and freed from those harsh discordances which jar the
ear when heard more near, combining with the murmuring brook, and
the wind which sung among the old firs, affected me with a sense of
sublimity. All nature, as invoked by the Psalmist whose verses they
chanted, seemed united in offering that solemn praise in which
trembling is mixed with joy as she addresses her Maker. I had heard
the service of high massin France, celebrated with all the eclat
which the choicest music, the richest dresses, the most imposing
ceremonies, could confer on it; yet it fell short in effect of the
simplicity of the Presbyterian worship. The devotion, in which
every one took a share, seemed so superior to that which was
recited by musicians, as a lesson which they had learned by rote,
that it gave the Scottish worship all the advantage of reality over
acting. As I lingered to catch more of the solemn sound, Andrew,
whose impatience became ungovernable, pulled me by the sleeve?'
Come awa, sir?Come awa, we maunna be late o' gaun in to disturb the
worship; if we bide here, th...
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