Holy Affection and Undying Love
By Vilate Kimball
(to her husband, Heber C. Kimball, at Winter Quarters)
No being round the spacious earth
Beneath the vaulted star of heaven,
Divides my love or draws it thence,
From him to whom my heart is given.
Like the frail ivy to the oak,
Drawn closer, by the tempest riven,
Through sorrow’s flood he’ll bear me up
And light with smiles my way to heaven.
The light was on the altar laid;
The plighted vow on earth was given;
The seal eternal has been made,
And by his side I’ll reign in heaven.
(17 January 1847)