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BEHIND THE SCENES.

BY

Rosina (Wheeler)

LADY BULWER LYTTON.

AUTHOR OF "CHEVELEY," "SCHOOL FOR HUSBANDS," ETC.

"Providence is dark in its permissions; yet one day when all is known,
The universe of Reason shall acknowledge how just and good were they."
Tupper's Proverbial Philosophy.

"All who have treated of divine subjects, whether Greeks or barbarians, indus-
triously involved the beginnings of things, and delivered the truth in enigmas, signs,
́and symbols; in allegories, and metaphors, and other such figures."

Clement of Alexandria, Strom. L. v., p. 658, Ox. Ed.

THREE VOLUMES IN ONE.

NEW YORK:

RIKER, THORNE & CO., 129 FULTON STREET.

M.DOCO.LIV.

1858.

· July. 3 rift of Henry G. Benny Siz

Boston.

HARVARD
COLLEGE
LIBRARY

JOHN F. TROW, PRINTER,

49 Ann-street.

244

46-137

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Dedication.

TO THE GREAT-AND WILL BE GREATER

AMERICAN NATION;

WHO ALL, IN "GOING AHEAD"

IN THE MIGHTY RACE OF

SOCIAL, MORAL, SCIENTIFIC, LITERARY, POLITICAL, AND ARTISTIC

EMULATION,

NEVER FORGET THAT

A SOUND HEART

IS

THE BEST SCREW PROPELLER THAT THE VAST ENGINE OF

PROGRESSION CAN HAVE,

THIS VOLUME IS DEDICATED BY THEIR FRIEND

AND ADMIRER,

THE AUTHOR,

The original intention of the Authoress was merely to have appeared as the Editor of this work, but circumstances have occurred during its progress through the press, which render the acknowledgment of the authorship desirable.

PRELIMINARY ADDRESS.

TO ALL WHO SUFFER.

I ADDRESS these remarks to you, fellow-sufferers, because everything in these days, is “FOR THE MILLION!" But as all works of apparent supererogation require, if not an apology, at least an explanation, I must say a few words that may serve for the latter; for, truly, at an epoch when the very gravitation of the world seems endangered by the chaotic masses under which every printing-press groans, anything in the shape of an additional atom, laid on the tottering heap, may be well calculated to create alarm; besides "How presumptuous!" some will exclaim— "Lay Sermons, indeed! as if there were not already a superabundance of proper, orthodox, clerical sermons both preached, and published, without the world being inundated with any amateur trash!" True, most true, my dear sir, or madam; and so completely did I agree with you, in this view of the case, that most assuredly these humble pages would never have seen the light in a printed form, had it not been for the following circumstances. Often have I heard it remarked, with regret, by those "who labour and are heavy laden," both in coming out of the lowly porch of the village fane, and on leaving the more gorgeous aisles of some medieval cathedral, that the text had not been more expounded, and less often repeated; and this remark more par

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