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Poem in memory of Margretha L. Gates
The Unreturning Dead
[Lines sent by Mrs. William Gates in memory of her daughter, Margretha L. Gates, who died in the Albany Hospital Nov. 24th, 1914 ]
They say if our beloved dead
Should seek the old familiar place,
Some stranger would be there instead,
And they would find no welcome face.
I cannot tell how it might be,
In other homes, but this I know—
Could my lost darling come to me
That she would never find it so.
Ofttimes the flowers have come and gone,
Ofttimes the winter winds have blown;
The while her peaceful rest went on,
And I have learned to live alone.
Have slowly learned from day to day
In all my tasks to bear my part,
But whether grave or whether gay
I hide her memory in my heart.
Fond, faithful love has blessed my way,
And friends are round me, true and tried ;
They have their place, but hers to day
Is empty as the day she died.
How would I spring with bated breath,
And joy too deep for word or sign,
To take my darling home from death
And once again to call her mine.
I dare not dream the blissful dream,
It tills my heart with wild unrest ;
Where yonder cold, white marbles gleam,
She still must slumber. God knows best.
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