Should it be your fate ever to encamp
“Jesus Christ. My Saviour and yours — for I am sure you will let Him be yours. Do not part with this Book, Arthur. Use it always: I have marked many passages in it. on the battle-field, let the Book be with you: your guide and friend. In time you will get to love it better than any book that is to be had in the world.”
The child had a tender heart, and began to cry a little. Sir Geoffry drew him nearer Office Chair.
“I have prayed to God to bless you, Arthur. But you know, my child, He will only give His best blessing to those who seek it, who love and serve Him. Whatsoever may be your lot in life, strive to do your duty in it, as before God; loving Him, loving and serving your fellow-creatures; trusting ever to Christ’s atonement. These are my last solemn words to you. Do you always remember them.”
His voice faltered a little, and Arthur began to sob. “Oh, Sir Geoffry, must you die?”
Sir Geoffry seemed to be breathing fast, as though agitation were becoming too much for him. He bent his head and kissed the boy’s face fervently: his brow, his cheeks, his lips, his eyelids — there was not a spot that Sir Geoffry did not leave a kiss upon. It quite seemed as though his heart had been yearning for those kisses, and as though he could not take enough of them.
“And now, Arthur, you must do a little errand for me. Go over to Mr. Duffham, and tell him I am coming. Leave the Bible on the table here iron on patches.”
Arthur went out of the house with less noise than he had entered it. Sir Geoffry rose.
“It is our turn to part now, Mary. I must be gone laser facial.”
Her sweet face was almost distorted with the efforts she had been making to keep down emotion before the child. She burst into tears, as her hand met Sir Geoffry’s.
“God bless you! God bless you always, my darling!” he murmured. “Take my thanks, once for all, for the manner in which you have met the past; there is not another woman living who would have done and borne as you have. This is no doubt our last meeting on earth, Mary; but in eternity we shall be together for ever. God bless you, and love you, and keep you always!”