June 16, 1847
Location: Fremont, Nebraska - Location: 41:26:00N 96:29:52W Elevation: 1195 feet
Summary: Wednesday - Poem for a friend.
Journal entry: When I left Winter Quarters Sis. Young wish'd me to write a few lines for her; in compliance of her request wrote the following
This day met Mary Ellen, Mary A. & Sis. Smithies at fath. Sess.--had an interesting interview. sis. Smithies Spoke in a new tongue--Mary E. interpreted. Sis. Sess. & I took a walk, call'd at P.P.P's--had a conversation with him--I sung a song of Zion to his family Sis. Sess. interpreted.
To Mrs. Mary Ann Young
Mother of mothers! Queen of queens
For such thou truly art--
I pray the Lord to strengthen thee
And to console thy heart.
From infancy thou hast been led
And guided by his hand
That thou in Zion's courts may tread
And in thy station stand.
Thou'rt highly favor'd of the Lord
And thou art greatly blest;
Most glorious will be thy reward
In peace & joy & rest.
Altho' thou hast been call'd to share
In sorrow and distress
That thou thro' suff'ring might prepare
The broken heart to bless,
Thou wilt arise o'er ev'ry ill--
O'er ev'ry weakness too
For God will o'er thy path distil
His grace like morning dew.
O let thy heart be comforted
And never, never fear;
The saints of God will pray for thee
And seek thy heart to cheer.
Yes, ever more rejoice in God
Amid thy toil & care--
Thy mind is pure--thy sphere is broad
And great thy labors are.
The Lord will pour his blessings forth
And thee in honor raise,
And many nations of the earth
Will hear & speak thy praise.
Source: Eliza Roxcy
Snow: Personal Writings
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