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64               UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
every flutter of fear seemed to increase the supernatural power that bore her on, while from her pale lips burst forth, in frequent ejaculations, the prayer to a Friend above, — " Lord, help ! Lord, save me ! "
If it were your Harry, mother, or your Willie, that were going to be torn from you by a brutal trader, to­morrow morning, — if you had seen the man, and heard that the papers were signed and delivered, and you had only from twelve o'clock till morning to make good your escape, — how fast could you walk ? How many miles could you make in those few brief hours, with the darling at your bosom, — the little sleepy head on your shoulder, —the small, soft arms trustingly holding on to your neck ?
For the child slept. At first, the novelty and alarm kept him waking; but his mother so hurriedly repressed every breath or sound, and so assured him that if he were only still she would certainly save him, that he clung
quietly round her neck, only asking, as he found himsesinking to sleep, —
" Mother, I don't need to keep awake, do I ? "
" No, my darling; sleep, if you want to."
" But, mother, if I do get asleep, you won't let him get me?"
" No! so may God help me ! " said his mother, with a paler cheek and a brighter light in her large, dark eyes.
" You 're sure, an't you, mother ? "
*' Yes, sure ! " said the mother, in a voice that startled herself; for it seemed to her to come from a spirit within, that was no part of her; and the boy dropped his little weary head on her shoulder, and was soon asleep. How the touch of those warm arms, and gentle breathings that came in her neck, seemed to add fire and spirit to her movements. It seemed to her as if strength poured into her in electric streams, from every gentle touch and move­ment of the sleeping, confiding child. Sublime is the do­minion of the mind over the body, that, for a time, can: make flesh and nerve impregnable, and string the sinews like steel, so that the weak become so mighty.