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THE

LADY OF THE MANOR;

BEING

A SERIES OF CONVERSATIONS

ON THE

iNTENDED FOR THE USE OF

- THE MIDDLE AND HIGHER RANKS
or

YOTTNO FEUALES.

BY MRS. SHERWOOD,

Author of " Little Henry arid His Bearer," &c. &c.

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THE

LADY OF THE MANOR.

CHAPTER VIII.

Second Conversation on the sinful Lusts of the Flesh.

It was a fine evening in the month of May, when the little assembly again collected at the manor-house. The evenings were now considerably longer than when they had first met, and they sat before the windows to take their tea and to converse, while they enjoyed the beautiful prospect, and were led by their pious instructress to magnify the Lord in his works.

When the tea-equipage was removed, and order restored, the lady of the manor commenced her instructions with a reference to the subject of their last conversation. "The sinful desires of the flesh," said the lady of the manor, "are a root of bitterness, shooting out its branches in every possible direction, and bearing fruit unto death, while its seeds are scattered unto the four winds of heaven."

"When we last met," proceeded she, "I gave you an example, which you no doubt thought an exceedingly lovely one, of the will of a human creature effectually brought under control to that of God. I am now about to lay before you the fatal effects of indulged selfishness: and though I cannot hope that the history of Constantia

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