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“To Elder Geo. W Wilkins” by Hannah Last Cornaby

By: Amy Tanner Thiriot - November 28, 2012

[Part of a week-long series about Cyrus Hubbard Wheelock and the poetry of Hannah Last Cornaby. See index here.]


“To Elder Geo. W Wilkins”

by Hannah Last Cornaby

On his departure to England on a mission to preach the Gospel.

You’re going to visit the land of my birth,
That spot once the dearest to me on the earth,
Dear still, through the friends that behind have been left,
Still loved, as my dead, there for ages have slept.

To that now distant land, my mind often turns,
For her people, my spirit in anguish yearns,
For full well I know how her poor are oppressed,
How sad is their lot, and how sorely distressed.

You will go to the poor, the honest, the meek,
To those who for truth and for righteousness seek,
You’ll preach them the Gospel, yourself love so well,
Of the freedom and peace of this land you’ll tell.

‘Tis a noble mission, on which you now go,
A labor the angels might envy you too;
You go in your Master’s great name to declare
Salvation’s glad tidings to all who will hear.

And oh! may you gain many sheaves for your hire,
And accomplish the good we all most desire,
Enjoy the good spirit, where’er you may be,
Be guarded from danger, by land and by sea.

Then farewell, dear brother, ‘tis needless to say,
Please think of us sometimes, while you are away,
Though absent in body, your thoughts oft will roam
To the friends you’ve left in your lov’d mountain home.

As saints, we must not have a parting regret,
But friends of long standing we cannot forget,
We’ll think of the good time that yet is to come,
When again in our midst we welcome you home.



  1. Well, I don’t think anybody wrote me a poem, or even a bit of doggerel, when I left on my mission.

    Comment by Mark B. — November 28, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

  2. I’ve sent the other two to my son on his mission.

    Comment by Carol — November 28, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

  3. I’ve sent the last two poems, “To the Returned Elders of Old Virginia” and “A True Story” to my son on his mission. I think he’ll enjoy them.

    Comment by Carol — November 28, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

  4. Okay, shameless plug for two of my favorite missionaries, who were brave enough to sing the Portland, Oregon mission song, and let me post it on YouTube for their families and friends for Christmas. (The poem really did remind me of both the spirit and strength of the mission verses to the song.)

    If you have a missionary with email access, you might send it either with the message to be glad they aren’t the ones singing, or the inspiration for them to lead out in song as they teach! (This set of missionaries finished almost every meal they had with us by singing this song, and inviting the kids to join in.

    Comment by Julia — November 29, 2012 @ 3:08 am

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