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watched over his child, on whom he intended to bestow such distinguished favours, and did not suffer me to sustain the smallest injury. Just as the soldiers were about to fall upon me afresh, a woman named Ipser, who lived close by the gate, accidentallythat is, providentially-came, and forcibly tore me out of the hands of the soldiers, whom God did not suffer to prevent it.
Scarcely had I reached her apartment, than I sank down through weakness, and entreated the good woman to show me some place where I could rest myself, for I was no longer able to stand on my feet. She was extremely concerned for me, and treated me with all the kindness of an old acquaintance. She prepared a good bed for me, undressed me herself, and laid me upon it. She then examined my feet, which were much swoln and inflamed, and laid a cooling white salve upon them, which soon caused its beneficial effects to be felt, by extracting the violent heat. She afterwards prepared me some good soup, and gave me a glass of wine to drink. My excessive fatigue soon sent me to sleep, and I slept soundly the whole night. I was obliged to remain two days with the good woman, and keep my bed, in consequence of my sore feet: her husband was, meanwhile, at work in a little town in the neighbourhood.
After I had recovered a little, through the kind care of my hostess, I told the latter, that I was acquainted with Dr. Commerell's lady, and would be glad to see her. She then made arrangements for informing the latter that I was in her house. As soon as she came, she recognized me immediately; and on my informing her of all that had happened to me, she sympathized most cordially in my fate, and told me to accompany her home. From that moment my distress was at an end. This excellent woman showed me unspeakable affection and kindness, with regard both to temporal and spiritual things, and treated me as if I had been her own daughter; so that I was abundantly comforted after all the sufferings I had undergone, and sufficiently rewarded for them.
THE FINAL DELIVERANCE.
The first thing I wished and inquired for, on entering upon my new residence, was a Bible. Hitherto it had not been in my power to procure a Bible, or even a New Testament for myself ; but the opportunity was now afforded me, and my request was complied with. Madam Commerell, whom from that time I always called mother, presented me with a handsome new pocket Bible, which was printed in Wittemberg; and I gradually became so fond of it, that if any one had brought me my casket of jewels from Belgrade, and offered it to me in exchange, I would not have parted with it. I was wont to underline with red ink all the passages, which on previous occasions had been rendered important and profitable to me, or which became so in the sequel. Hence, when I afterwards met with such a marked passage, the circumstances also occurred to me, in which it had proved serviceable to me—the answer to prayer—the deliverance—the protection—the humiliation
-in short every thing the Lord had done to me; and this served as a manifold call upon me to bless and praise him, and to strengthen my confidence in him. My whole life, after I became acquainted with God and his word, stood designated before me by these passages, and many pages in my Bible were in after years marked throughout in this manner. For instance, if I came to this passage, “ All things shall work together for good, to them that love God,” it was underlined with red, to remind me of some anxious hours I spent at Landshut, when I had lost the key of my lady's chatulle. This passage occurred to me at the time, and comforted me in such a manner, that I recovered from my embarrassment, and was able to reflect seriously where I had left the key. Or if I came to the passage, “ The Lord knoweth how to deliver the righteous out of temptation," it was marked as a remembrance of my deliverance from captivity. The text, “ The Lord willeth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live,” reminded me how much I wished to die in Belgrade, when the city was conquered, and how graciously God had acted, in conducting me hither, against my will, where I learned to know him, and his Son, Jesus Christ. Thus my Bible became every day more precious to me. I learnt to regard it as the most valuable treasure which a person can possess; and wondered not a little, whenever I entered the house of a Christian, where the Bible was lying upon the shelf, and the dust upon the Bible.
My faithful foster-parent now felt extremely solicitous, in her prudence and forethought, for the safety of my person, and made those who possessed any influence acquainted with my story. She related it in particular to Madam von Wachenheim, chief governess to the princesses, who made application in my behalf to the Dutchess Magdalena Sybilla, at that time co-regent. The Dutchess gave me a very gracious re