Poetry of Kansas

A Scene Of Death.

I stood with bleeding, broken heart,
    And heard my darling's dying prayer:
And as her spirit did depart,
    Halos of glory lingered there.
She prayed that when the work of life
    Had been performed and I'd grown old,
I might then meet my darling wife
    Where streets are paved with purest gold.
Unutterable woe I felt,
    As my.pale darling clasped my hand,
While there in poignant grief I knelt,
    And told me of that better land:
Where I might meet her after death__
    Around the throne of God so fair;
And as she drew her latest breath,
    I promised that I'd meet her there.
Yet none my wretchedness can tell,
    Nor mortal man depict my woe:
For anguish bitter o'er me fell,
    As precious wife quit scenes below.
Now were it not for blessed hope
    That tells of bliss beyond the tomb,
In darkness dreary I would mope
    Until I'd meet my fatal doom.
But then there is a life more sweet
    Than this beyond this vale of tears:
There husbands true their wives will meet,
    And live together endless years.
My promises I always keep,
    And grant the wishes of the dead;
Therefore, I'll try no more to weep,
    But raise my drooping, aching head;
I'll ponder well that future life
    Above all mundane scenes so high,
Where I shall meet my darling wife,
    And live with her above the sky.
There we shall know each other's love,
    Without which I could never praise
The precious name of God above,
    Whose wondrous gifts must e'er amaze.

__Benjamin J. Gunn, Coalville.

Poets and Poetry of Kansas
Edited by Thomas W. Herringshaw
(Chicago: American Publishers' Association. 1894)
Pages 35-36

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