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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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was now calm, earnest, and really beautiful. Amid
all the wild tumult of crying and leaping, on the
right hand and the left, she continued to walk up
and down the church in all directions, with
outspread arms, eyes cast upward, exclaiming in a low
voice, “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” At length she
sank down upon her knees on the platform by the
altar, and there she became still.

After the crying and the leaping had continued
for a good quarter of an hour longer, several
negroes raised the mulatto woman, who was lying
prostrate by the altar. She was now quite rigid.
They bore her to a bench in front of us, and laid
her down upon it.

“What has happened to her?” we inquired
from a young negro girl whom she knew.

“Converted!” said she laconically, and joined
those who were softly rubbing the pulses of the
converted.

I laid my hand upon her brow. It was quite
cold; so, also, were her hands.

When, by degrees, she had recovered consciousness,
her glance was still fixed, but it seemed
to me that it was directed rather inwardly than
outwardly; she talked to herself in a low voice,
and such a beautiful, blissful expression was
portrayed in her countenance that I would willingly
experience that which she then experienced, saw,

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