I left Alexandria next day, and I forgot about Abraham till a little while ago, when I was dining with another old friend in the profession, Alec Carmichael, who was in England on short leave.
"Well, do you remember Abraham? He was the man who had the future.
I suppose there was some kink in Abraham. Poor devil, he's gone to the dogs altogether.
"Of course it would be hypocritical for me to pretend that I regret what Abraham did.
, like his parents, seemed to have been limed and caught by the ensnaring inn.
Three hours before the Abraham Lincoln left Brooklyn pier, I received a letter worded as follows:
SIR,--If you will consent to join the Abraham Lincoln in this expedition, the Government of the United States will with pleasure see France represented in the enterprise.
There was a sudden scuffle, a sound of blows, and out burst Abraham
Gray with a knife cut on the side of the cheek, and came running to the captain like a dog to the whistle.
``The God of Israel requite you,'' said the Jew, greatly relieved; ``I dreamed But Father Abraham be praised, it was but a dream.'' Then, collecting himself, he added in his usual tone, ``And what may it be your pleasure to want at so early an hour with the poor Jew?''
``Holy God of Abraham!'' was his first exclamation, folding and elevating his wrinkled hands, but without raising his grey head from the pavement;
Poor as I am, I will requite it not with money, for money, so help me my Father Abraham, I have none but ''
Meanwhile they in thir earthly CANAAN plac't Long time shall dwell and prosper, but when sins National interrupt thir public peace, Provoking God to raise them enemies: From whom as oft he saves them penitent By Judges first, then under Kings; of whom The second, both for pietie renownd And puissant deeds, a promise shall receive Irrevocable, that his Regal Throne For ever shall endure; the like shall sing All Prophecie, That of the Royal Stock Of DAVID (so I name this King) shall rise A Son, the Womans Seed to thee foretold, Foretold to ABRAHAM, as in whom shall trust All Nations, and to Kings foretold, of Kings The last, for of his Reign shall be no end.
All Nations they shall teach; for from that day Not onely to the Sons of ABRAHAMS Loines Salvation shall be Preacht, but to the Sons Of ABRAHAMS Faith wherever through the world; So in his seed all Nations shall be blest.
Those stately fellows in baggy trowsers and turbaned fezzes brought in a dinner which consisted of roast mutton, roast chicken, roast goose, potatoes, bread, tea, pudding, apples, and delicious grapes; the viands were better cooked than any we had eaten for weeks, and the table made a finer appearance, with its large German silver candlesticks and other finery, than any table we had sat down to for a good while, and yet that polite dragoman, Abraham
, came bowing in and apologizing for the whole affair, on account of the unavoidable confusion of getting under way for a very long trip, and promising to do a great deal better in future!
The steward, Abraham
, however, persisted in clinging to his berth, stupidly, like a mule--from sheer fright I believe, like an animal that on't leave a stable falling in an earthquake.