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By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 12, 2013


By Jo Adelaide Stock

I have a friend who never saw
Night silver or a bird at dawn,
For over his kindly brown eyes
A coverlet is drawn.

“He cannot see for he is blind;
He cannot know the joy of day,”
They cry, but oh, my sightless friend
Is not as blind as they.

They see his eyes, but not the flame,
Nor hear the golden psalmody
That lives within his spirit when
He says with faith, “I see!”




  1. “Golden psalmody.” That’s nice.

    If I have the right woman (Jo Adelaide McQuown Stock Shaw, 1912-2000) she seems to have been from Illinois and Ohio and she lived there at least through the 1940 Census. Oh, a city directory puts her in Salt Lake in 1948. It looks like she was baptized in the Midwest but she was in Utah by the time this poem was published. I can’t tell if she stayed.

    Comment by Amy T — March 12, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

  2. This blog is just an amazing place. Thanks Ardis, for your endless supply of things Mormon.

    Comment by WVS — March 12, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

  3. Thank you, Amy — your putting people in context, even to the extent you have done here, goes a long way toward making these bare names seem like real people.

    And thank you, WVS!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — March 12, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

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