Ending 5 – from a British novel published in 1850


And now, as I close my task, subduing my desire to linger yet, these faces fade away. But one face, shining on me like a Heavenly light by which I see all other objects, is above them and beyond them all. And that remains.

I turn my head, and see it, in its beautiful serenity, beside me.

My lamp burns low, and I have written far into the night; but the dear presence, without which I were nothing, bears me company.

O Agnes, O my soul, so may thy face be by me when I close my life indeed; so may I, when realities are melting from me, like the shadows which I now dismiss, still find thee near me, pointing upward!


About James Steerforth

I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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2 Responses to Ending 5 – from a British novel published in 1850

  1. maryt says:

    James, this is “David Copperfield.” Am thinking of teaching it (or another Dickens title) maybe in the Fall 07.

    Of course I love “A Tale of Two Cities” I hope you keep doing this. It’s a great idea!!

  2. Posting the end of this one was a must, of course, given my chosen name 🙂

    Love your input, maryt

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