Before everything he was an ascetic and a mystic - an ascetic who, though gentle to others, wore out his body by self-denial, so much so that when he came to die he begged pardon of "brother Ass the body" for having unduly ill-treated it: a mystic irradiated with the love of God, endowed in an extraordinary degree with the spirit of prayer, and pouring forth his heart by the hour in the tenderest affections to God and our Lord.
He reluctantly obeyed, and concluded his last discourse with the tenderest and most touching farewell.
He always showed the tenderest love for his mother, and was the best of brothers.
The subject roused Carlyle's tenderest mood, and the Life is one of the most perfect in the language.
He went to Scotland to see his mother, to whom he had always shown the tenderest affection, on her deathbed at the end of 18J3.
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