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"BY A BLEST HUSBAND GUIDED, MARY CAME"

          BY a blest Husband guided, Mary came
          From nearest kindred, Vernon her new name;
          She came, though meek of soul, in seemly pride
          Of happiness and hope, a youthful Bride.
          O dread reverse! if aught 'be' so, which proves
          That God will chasten whom he dearly loves.
          Faith bore her up through pains in mercy given,
          And troubles that were each a step to Heaven:
          Two Babes were laid in earth before she died;
          A third now slumbers at the Mother's side;                  10
          Its Sister-twin survives, whose smiles afford
          A trembling solace to her widowed Lord.
            Reader! if to thy bosom cling the pain
          Of recent sorrow combated in vain;
          Or if thy cherished grief have failed to thwart
          Time still intent on his insidious part,
          Lulling the mourner's best good thoughts asleep,
          Pilfering regrets we would, but cannot, keep;
          Bear with Him--judge 'Him' gently who makes known
          His bitter loss by this memorial Stone;                     20
          And pray that in his faithful breast the grace
          Of resignation find a hallowed place.
                                                              1835.


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