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Biography of a Slave; Being the Experiences of Rev. Charles Thompson, a Preacher of the United Brethren Church, While a Slave in the South
			
            BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.            79
With these reflections in my mind I would feel
revived and refreshed with the consolation that
while there was life in me there was hope for me.
The words of the poet came to my memory,
wherein he says:
          "Neither will he upbraid you,
            Though often your request;
          He'll give you grace to conquer,
            And take you home to rest."
  The consolation and help I received from my
meditations sustained me through all my trials
and hardships, and I plodded my weary way along
with God in my heart and bright hopes for the
future. I knew if I drew nigh unto God he
would draw nigh unto me; and that if I would
let the word of Christ dwell in me I would be
rich in all wisdom.  Yet I was aware I should
suffer persecution if I lived godly in Jesus Christ;
therefore I determined to continue in the things
which I had learned.
  On Sunday night I arrived at Holly Springs.
Uncle Ben lived there, and I was anxious to see
him and obtain through his assistance, if pos-
sible, rest and food. I had proceeded only a little
way toward his 'house when I met a colored
man and began conversation with him. I learned
that the reward Wilson had offered for me had
arrived at Holly Springs before me, and that per-




			
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