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545 > Page 545 of Channings / by Mrs. Henry Wood.

Ready 545 That same afternoon Arthur Channing was seated at the organ in pursuance of his duty, when a message came up from the dean. He was desired to change the selected anthem, taken from the thirty-fifth Psalm, for another: " 0 taste and see how gracious the Lord is I" It was not an anthem in the cathedral collection, but one recently composed and presented to it by a private individual. It consisted of a treble solo and chorus. Why had the dean specially commanded it for that afternoon Very rarely indeed did he change the services after they were put up. Had he had Arthur in his mind when he decided upon it It was impossible to say. Be it as it would, the words found a strange echo in Arthur's heart, as the sweet voice of Bywater rang through the cathedral. " 0 taste and see how gracious the Lord is: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 0 fear the Lord, ye that are his saints: for they that fear him lack no- thing. The lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they who seek the Lord shall want no manner of thing that is good. The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous: and his ears are open unto their prayers. Great are the troubles of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of all. The Lord delivereth the souls of his servants: and all they that put their trust in him shall not be destitute. " Every word told upon Arthur's heart, sending it up in thankfulness to the Giver of all good. He found the dean waiting for him in the nave, when he went down at the conclusion of the service. Dr. Gardner was with him. The dean held out his hand to Arthur. " I am very glad you are cleared," he said. " You have behaved nobly." Arthur winced. He did not like to take the faintest meed of praise that was not strictly his due. The dean might have thought he deserved less, did he know that he had been only screening Hamish; but Arthur could not avow that tale in public. He glanced at the dean with a frank smile: "You see now, sir, that I only spoke the truth when I assured you of my innocence." T