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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana           359
6.   "Go tell my companion and children most dear
to weep not for the loved one thats gone,
The same hand thats led me through siezens, dark and drear
has kindly conducted me home."
Part II
7.     I called at the house of the mourner below, I enterd the mansion of grief.
The Tears of deep sorrow, most freely did flow, I tried, but could give no relief.
8.     There sat a lone widow, dejected and sad, by affliction and sorrow oppressed,
and there were her children in mourning arrayed and sighs were escaping each breast.
9.     I spoke to the widow, concerning her grief, I asked for the cause of her woe.
And why there was nothing could give her relief or sooth her deep sorrow below.
10.     She gaised at her children, then looked upon me, that look I shall never forget.
More eloquent far than a seraph can be It spoak of the troubles she met.
11.   "The hand of affliction falls heavily now,
I am left with my children to mourn. The friend of my youth, lies silent and loe In yonder cold graveyard alone.
12.   "But why should I mourn, or feel to complain
or think that my f ortun is hard.
The affliction I have met is truly his gain,
He enterd the joys of his Lord.
13.   "His work is completed and finished below,
His last tears has fallen I trust.
He has preached his last sermon, and met his last foe,
Has conquered, and is now at rest."

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