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take the poor infant to her cottage in the valleys, where she promised to nourish him with her own milk, and to be as a tender mother to him. The marchioness was glad to be freed from the charge of the sick child, and Maria was equally glad to have the poor baby to comfort. Accordingly, she took the little Henri home with her; and he was brought up among her own children, in the fear of God and in innocent and holy habits.
“ When the marquis and marchioness had remained awhile at the Castle of Bellemont, they returned with their favourite Theodore to Paris; and there they delivered themselves up to all the vicious habits of that dissipated place. The marchioness never staid at home a single day, but spent her whole time in visiting, dancing, and playing at cards, and going to public gardens, plays, and musical entertainments. She painted her face, and dressed herself in every kind of rich and vain ornament, and tried to set herself off for admiration; but she had little regard for her husband, and never thought of God. She was bold in her manners, fond of herself, and hard-hearted to everybody else. The only person for whom she seemed to care was her son Theodore : for as for little Henri she seemed to have forgotten that she had such a child ; but she delighted in seeing her handsome Theodore well dressed, and encouraged him to prattle before company, and to show himself off in public places, even when he was but an infant. She employed the most famous artists in Paris to draw his picture : she hired dancing-masters to teach him to carry himself well, and music-masters to teach him to sing and play : she herself arranged his glossy hair ; and sometimes, when he was to go out with her, she rouged his cheeks, in order that he might look the handsomer. She employed many servants to attend upon him, and commanded them never to contradict him, but to do every thing to please him. As she continued to lead this life, she became every year more and more bold, and more hardened in wickedness : so that, from beginning to be careless about God, she proceeded in time to mock at religion, and to despise all God's commandments. Nor was the marquis any better than his wife : he was proud and quarrelsome: he despised God; and he loved no one but himself. He spent all his time among a set of wicked young men of his own rank: they sat up all night, drinking and swearing, playing at cards
for large sums of money, mocking at their king, and scoffing at God.
“In this wicked manner they went on till Theodore was as much as fifteen years of age. In the mean time the old baron died, and left all his money to his daughter: but the marquis and marchioness were not the better for all the riches left them by the baron; for they became more and more wasteful, and more and more wicked.
"About this time the king, who was a very wicked man, began to talk of driving the Waldenses out of their pleasant valleys, or forcing them to become Roman Catholics : he consulted the great men in Paris about it; and they gave it as their opinion that it would be right, either to make them become Roman Catholics, or drive them out of the country. The marquis, among the rest, gave his opinion against the Waldenses ; never considering that he had a relation among them, and that his little son Henri was at that very time living with them.
“While these things were being talked of in the king's palace, Theodore was seized with a violent fever; and before any thing could be done for him, or his father or mother had any time for consideration, the poor boy died. The marchioness was like a distracted woman when Theodore died; she screamed, and tore her hair, and found fault with God for what he had done : and the marquis, to drive away the thoughts of his grief, went more and more into company, drinking and playing at cards and blaspheming God. When the grief of the marquis and marchioness for the loss of their beautiful Theodore was a little abated, they began to turn their thoughts towards their son Henri, and they resolved to send for him. Accordingly the marquis sent a trusty servant to the valleys of Piedmont, to bring Henri to Paris. The servant carried a letter from the marquis to the Pastor Claude, thanking him for his kind attention to the child, and requesting him to send him immediately to Paris. The servant also carried a handsome sum of money, as a present from the marquis to Claude ; which Claude, however, would not take.
“ While all these things, of which I have been telling you, were happening at Paris, little Henri had been growing in stature and in the fear of God, in the humble yet pleasant cottage of Maria and the pious Claude. During the first years of his infancy he had been very delicate and tender, and no one would have reared him who had not loved him as tenderly as Maria had done; but from the time that she first saw him in the Castle of Bellemont she had loved him with all the love of the tenderest mother. As she carried him home in her arms she kissed his sweet pale face, dropping many tears upon it.—Oh, my sweet babe!' she said, your parents do not fear God: it would be better for you to die and go to your Saviour, before you have committed actual sin, than that you should be brought up according to the fashions of this world.' Then Maria looked up to Heaven, and prayed for the lovely infant who lay in her arms—'O my Saviour! O bleeding Lamb !' she said, 'If this sweet child is not to grow up to become a servant of God, take him now now in his days of infancy: take him now to thyself, O blessed Saviour!' In this manner Maria prayed for the little delicate Henri, as she carried him towards her cottage, and often afterward, when the poor little babe was unable to sleep, for he had much sickness during the first years of his infancy, she would walk with him in the little garden in the front of her cottage, and there would she sometimes offer up to God prayers to the same effect as the one I have now repeated; and sometimes she would sing him to rest by lovely hymns in praise of God, and of the wonderful work of the holy Trinity in bringing about the salvation of sinful man.
“Little Henri very early showed great delight in the sweet hymns sung by his tender nurse; even during the first year he learned to stroke her cheek with his delicate hand, and to return her regard with many sweet smiles. Henri was very beautiful, though always pale, never having very strong health. It seemed that God, in his great mercy, very early answered Maria's prayers in his behalf; for when he was very young he showed that his heart was filled with the love of God. (Blessed are those who, like holy St. John, are sanctified even from the cradle.) Little Henri always had the greatest fear of doing any thing which might make God angry: he was gentle and humble to all around him; and to his little cousins, the sons of Claude, he was most affectionate and mild. When they were old enough, these three little boys used to go with the Pastor Claude when he went to visit his poor people in their little cottages among the valleys, and hearken to all his holy discourses with them: and, as he walked back, the little boys would often ask him to explain to them such things as he had been teaching to his people. Thus they acquired, when very young, such a knowledge of God, and of the holy Bible, as might have put to shame many of the wise and prudent of the world; making out the words of our blessed Saviour ; 'I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to babes.' Matt. xi. 25.
“ Many of the cottages which Claude and his little boys used to visit were placed in spots of ground so beautiful, that they would have reminded you of the garden of Eden; and some in deep and shady valleys, where the brooks of clear water ran murmuring among groves of trees and over mossy banks; some on high lawns on the sides of the mountains, where the eagles and mountain birds found shelter in the lofty forest trees: some of these cottages stood on the brows of rugged rocks, which jutted out from the side of the hills, on spots so steep and high that Claude's own little stout boys could scarcely climb them: and Claude was often obliged to carry little Henri up these steeps in his arms. In these different situations were flowers of various colours, and of various kinds, and many beautiful trees, besides birds innumerable, and wild animals of various sorts. Claude knew the names and natures of all these : and he often passed the time, as he walked, in teaching these things to his children. Neither did he neglect, as they grew older, to give them such instructions as they could get from books. He taught his little boys first to read French; and afterward he made them well acquainted with Latin, and the history of ancient times, particularly the history of such holy people as have lived and died in the service of God; of such of them as • through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens ; women received their dead raised to life again, and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection : and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings; yea, moreover,
of bonds and imprisonment; they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword; they wandered about in sheep-skins, and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented (of whom the world was not worthy); they wandered in deserts and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.' Heb. xi. 33–40. Claude also taught his little boys to write: and they could sing sweetly many of the old hymns and psalms which from time immemorial had been practised among the Waldenses.
“ Claude's own sons were obliged to do many little homely household jobs, to help their mother: they used to fetch the goats to the cottage-door, along the hill-side path, and milk them, and feed them; they used to weed the garden; and often to sweep the house, and make up the fire. In all these things little Henri was as forward as the rest, though the son of one of the greatest men in France. And here is one of the sweet influences of the Christian religion; by it the mountains are levelled, and the valleys exalted. But though this family were obliged to labour at the lowest work, yet they practised towards each other the most courteous and gentle manners, always in honour preferring each other, as it behooveth all Christians to do. In this manner Henri was brought up among the Waldenses till he was more than twelve years of age, at which time the servant came from his father, the marquis, to bring him to Paris. i, "When the marquis's letter arrived, all the little family in the Pastor Claude's house were full of grief. “You must go, my dear child,' said the pastor; ' you must go, my beloved Henri: for the marquis is your father, and you must obey him : but, oh! my heart aches when I think of the hard trials and temptations to which you will be exposed in the wicked world. With all the weakness of our depraved nature within, and all the snares and flatteries of the world without, how can we hope that such a child will be able to stand ?- Yet I have confidence,' said Maria, wiping away her tears : - I have prayed for this boy, this my dear boy: I have prayed for him a thousand and a thousand times; and