[Mary Muir ?]
[Daniel H. Muir]
grass; the fairest scene must have its end, and one of the number of which this family was composed, gave to each hand the parting pressure and pronounced the word "goodbye": Another another and still another followed, till only the four youngest olive branches, surrounded the parental harth, and those cling to each other with renewed affection since their number was thus reduced, Then a few undisturbed summers sped oer their heads bearing in their bosom another farewell; the oldest of that land saw the unerring finger of duty point out his path mid strangers, twas hard for those sisters thus to part with their last remaining brother, the sharer of their childish sports and of the studdies of later years but duties voice must be obeyed, and the goodbye was spoken and he turned his face from home among strangers to roam, but the hearts of the remnant trio were cheered by numerous assurances of a speedy return, and of numberless white winged messengers which should speed their flight from his abode to theirs, bearing all his hopes joys and sorrows recorded; with this assurance they were in a measure cheered, For a time those messengers made their timely appearancebut alas, they began to come more seldom and far and further between; Often and often the postmaster was obliged to pronounce the little [illebible]osyllable "no", then said they some dreadfull calamity must have befallen him, alas! alas! and misfortune in many a shape and form presented itself to their disturbed immagineation but soon a short epistle would make its welcome appearance; dispelling all our doubts and feers, they then began to long earnestly for his return home, but month after month flew by and still no returning brother, thus weeks and months winged their flight till years more numbered three since that parting scene, and then was recorded a joyful meeting, the long absent brother had at last returned, grown only more manly and brave in general appearance otherwise the same brother that had left them, bright and happy were the months he passed at home, many were the scenes recounted on both sides which had transpired since they had last seen each other. But again the wander- ing bird must say "goodbye", but this time
Hickory Hill [Wisc.]
1867 Apr 10
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