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The Descent of Man into the Vale of Death

II. THE DESCENT OF MAN INTO THE VALE OF DEATH

The pious daughter weeping and conducting her sire onward; age, creeping carefully on hands and knees; an elder; without friend or kindred; a miser; a bachelor, blindly proceeding, no one knows where, ready to drop into the dark abyss; frantic youth rashly devoted to vice and passion, rushing past the diseased and old, who totters on crutches; the wan declining virgin; the miserable and distracted widow; the hale country youth; and the mother and her numerous progeny, already arrived in this valley, are among the groups which speak irresistibly to the feelings.