[Part of a week-long series about Cyrus Hubbard Wheelock and the poetry of Hannah Last Cornaby. See index here.]
“To Mrs. Mary Isaacs”
by Hannah Last Cornaby
On the Thirty-Ninth Anniversary of her Birthday, April 25th, 1880.
Dear friend, accept the tribute due,
Which now my pen would offer you,
Accept the wish and heartfelt prayer,
That God may make your life His care,
And spare you yet, many a year,
To those to whom you are most dear.
In honoring Polygamy,
The Lord will bless and honor thee;
Will prosper thee forever more,
Alike in basket and in store;
Much of His goodness you will see,
In this glad year of Jubilee.
Sustain thy husband, help him, too,
Since, on a mission called to go,
Do thou thy best to cheer him up,
Nor add one drop to sorrow’s cup.
Only be faithful, do not doubt
God’s peace will compass you about.
I sympathize with him and you—
And each one of his household, too,
For all will keenly feel the smart,
E’en for a little while to part;
But may each see their duty plain,
Nor ever murmur or complain.
So, wishing you many returns of the day,
I will put my pen, ink and paper away.