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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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under my feet; it yet seems to stand firm,” and
he stamped vehemently on the pulpit floor; “and
as yet I hear not the rolling of the thunder of
doom, but it may nevertheless be at hand,” and so
on; and he admonished the people, therefore, to
repent immediately and be converted.

In spite of the strength of the subject, and
despite the power of the delineation, there was
something dry and soulless in the presentation, which
caused it to fail of its effect with the congregation.
People seemed to feel that the preacher did not
believe, or rather did not livingly feel what he
described and taught. A few cries and groans
were audible, it is true, and some sinners came
forth; but the assembly as a whole remained calm,
and was not agitated by the thundering of the
Last Judgment. As on the former occasion the
hymns were fervent and beautiful on the side of
the negroes’ camp. This race seems to have a
keen perception of the most beautiful teachings of
religion, and understand particularly well how to
apply them. Their musical talents are remarkable.
Most of the blacks have pure, delightful
voices, and sing as easily as we whites talk.

After this service came the dinner hour, when
I visited several tents in the black camp, and saw
tables covered with all kinds of meat, puddings,
and tarts; there seemed to be a regular superfluity

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