"Oh," I said, "how beautiful;" but, my! it was so heavy. In a
moment I seemed to understand all it meant, and all my will
seemed to be wrapped around it. I awoke, and it seemed as real
as life itself.
As I meditated and asked the Lord to teach me and give me
strength to bear the cross always, no matter how heavy it might
be, I fell asleep again — and yet it did not seem as though I was
really asleep; but I found myself in a strange place; it seemed
like a church, and yet it was not. As I sat waiting, as for people
to gather, there were seated three very stylishly dressed colored
ladies and several finely dressed colored gentlemen. They were
sitting in this large room. I thought they looked at me with a
scowl of contempt on their faces as they eyed my dress from head
to foot. Then they began to make remarks. I felt that they
didn't want me in there; but I bowed to them and tried to be
pleasant. They hardly noticed me. How cut I felt; and I said,
"I wish I was out of here." Just then I seemed to hear a noise
outside the house. There was a veranda that looked eastward, so
I got up and walked out on the veranda. As I looked up, the
moon was shining, and I looked just a little westward in the
direction in which I had heard the seeming noise and I saw com¬
ing— it was like a great beam, though in shape, a perfect arm, as
the right arm of a man! I called it a mighty arm. I wanted
these persons to see it, but I did not dare ask them, so I moved
and tried to get their attention by pulling my dress, thinking to
attract them. They laughed, but did not come. As the arm got
over my head—it was in the clouds, but I saw it distinctly.
From the shoulder to the elbow was covered with down, beautiful,
white. On this down seemed to lie the head of a beautiful bird,
like the bill of a swan. It was buried in the down, and though
the speed of the arm was so powerful, this head lay perfectly
quiet and peaceful. It passed on eastward and was out of sight.
As I stood looking and wondering at the sight there seemed to
spring up four great lions. Oh! how fierce they were! They came
right towards me, and it seemed the next minute they would be
upon me, as they leaped over the clouds on the way to destroy me.
I trembled and cried out: "Help, Lord;" and in an instant it
seemed two great clouds came together and swallowed them up,
and I saw them no more.
Praise the Lord, that was a wonderful lesson to me; for