Jan. 23. T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 57. Today wehave attended the funeral of Mr.Poland. It took place at their ownhouse. Mrs. Poland was too ill to bepresent at the services, being prostratedby the shock which thedeath of her husband occasioned. Iwent in to see her, and as I beheldthe little fatherless ones - a boy andgirl, the oldest not yet two yearsold clinging to her as she wept;I could not but deeply pity her.O thou who hast promised to bea husband to the window and a fartherto the fatherless, look down andcomfort these afflicted ones. To addto the cup of Mrs. Poland's sorrow,she is shortly expecting another littlehelpless one to claim her careand protection. The clergyman whoofficiated at the funeral, was aSouthern Methodist preaches, whomI have never before seen. His text was."Watch therefore, for ye know notwhat hour your Lord doth come," &. c.Really a very good text, but he did notJan. 23. well improve it. His chief aim seemedto be to use long words. And in doing so,he often wandered far from his subject,and lost himself entirely, makingstatements which I do not thinkhe intended to make. In the courseof his remarks he said as an allusion;"In the words of the beautiful poet - PopeOur hearts, like muffled drums, arebeating, Funeral marches to the grave".He must have no knowledge of poetry,not to know that H. W. Longfellow isthe author of these lines. After theseservices were concluded, a procession wasformed to follow the body to the grave,which was dug on the ridge behind theschoolhouse near by. He was buried underan evergreen oak, on the highest partof the ridge, and here the prospect onall sides is delightful. On every sidemay be seen lofty mountains, rearingtheir snow capped summits; which thevalleys adjacent, just now beginSningto be luxuriantly green, lie slumberingin beauty. All the country around isdotted by farm-houses, but none of the
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