Humility Of A Queen
( Originally Published 1902 )
QUEEN VICTORIA had greater reason to feel proud than any one in the world, and yet she was the humblest of women. While at Balmoral, she visited, socially, the homes of the plain people in the neighborhood; the poor to aid them, the afflicted to comfort them, the rest to make them happy. One of the women in the village lost her husband about the time Albert died. The Queen called upon her. She wept, and begged the Queen's pardon for doing so. The Queen answered, " Your tears do me good. You see I am mingling mine with yours, and the crying of each will do the other good." Another home she visited where an aged husband had died. She had a lock of the man's hair cut off and placed in a beautiful breastpin, which she gave to the aged widow the day of the funeral, and reminded her that the separation would be but for a short time. Her faithful servants were the especial objects of her affection. Several seasons she invited all the servants of the Castle of Balmoral in parties of ten to be her guests at Windsor. One of her last acts before her fatal stroke was to climb to the top of the palace to minister to a servant who was ill. And one of her last requests on earth was that a favorite servant might be brought into her room. She fulfilled the prophecy of the Master that " the meek shall inherit the earth." What a democratic example was set by this monarch. With her humility she lifted up the millions of her common people, and her sympathy was a healing balm which cured the sorrowing hearts of many of her subjects. Wealth, social position, and power appear to best advantage and accomplish their mission only by copying the example of the humble Queen, in recognizing the brotherhood of the race and the Fatherhood of God.