Posthumous and Other Poems
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...yield a gentler lullaby: But, oh, a few short moment's past; We'll bear you to the gates of Heav'n, And at Jehovah's footstool cast The treasures by His bounty given. 134 THE FAREWELL. Aye, in that land, --no longer far--The king's rare beauty we'll behold, And brighter than the morning star We'll sparkle in our crowns of gold. Lift your wild heads, ye bellowing waves, And whelm us in the mighty swell; Our bodies to their ocean graves--Our souls to Jesus--world, farewell! This poem was written on the death of three Wesleyan Missionaries, and their families, who were stationed at the Island of Antigua, and were wrecked on their return from St. Christopher's, where a district meeting had been held. After a night and day, passed amid a stormy wind and heavy sea, they approached St. John's harbour towards sunset. The missionaries were on deck, expressing their joy at the prospect of soon reaching home, and the children were singing in the cabin, and playing around their mother. Snddenly the cry was raised, " Breakers a-head," and in a few moments she struck on a reef. The brethren rushed towards the cabin, the mothers snatched up the children, and rushed through the pouring flood, which was now fast filling the vessel, to their husbands on deck; and the passengers and crew were soon hanging on the bulwarks and rails of the quarter-deck, while the sea beat over her in a terrific manner. In this situation the passengers remained nearly one hour, calling on Him who alone could save them, and endeavouring to comfort themselves and one another with the prospects of a blissful eternity. The waist of the vessel then gave way, and precipitated all who were clinging to the rails of the quarter-deck into the sea. The children as they floated...
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