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illustrated.1879 Excerpt: ... And as a long, wild, wailing shriek
Rang through the shuddering air, Two women away in England Knelt
for their morning prayer. Knelt down to plead for their safety, Who
were lying fathoms deep, Where the coral wreathes, and the fishes
dart, Over the seaman's sleep. Two women who were widows, Were
kneeling side by side; And one was a gray-haired matron, And one
was a year-old bride. And their call rose up to heaven, With that
terrible drowning cry Did the Angel weep who bore them blent To the
mercy-seat on high? "MEBBY THEY'RE ACQUAINT." "and you have had to
learn it an' all, what it is to live alone; And your man is waiting
along with mine, on the steps of the great White Throne j They mun
surely think on our silent hearths, 'mid the songs of angel and
saint, And as we have getten acquainted here, why mebby they are
acquaint. "I've hard to tue for fire and food, you've none your
bread to earn, Yet for both alike the widow's task has been set by
God to learn; My old man bade me keep myself, be honest and free
from shame, And by all I hear tell of yours, Honey, I reckon he'd
say the same. "We've both on us seen our bairns grow up, and pass
on their separate ways, We've both on us learnt what a fireside is,
where a lone woman sits and prays; And I think for both the long
gray days have taken the selfsame look, Though you're high learnt,
and have words to say, and I scarce can spell the Book. "I'm
further gone in years you see, and likely I'll go before, I know
our Lord will guide me safe, where Jem's waiting at the door; If I
can I'll say a word for you, but there, time with them goes fast,
Its nobbut waiting in patience a bit, and all comes right at last."
The flames of the drift-wood fire leapt round us as she spoke,
Under the cottage lattices, the long wav...
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