Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday's Child: Edward Everet Simpson

Alexandria Gazette
September 17, 1857


"Weep not, he hath gone home, that little one."

September 11th, 1857, in Prince William County, at the residence of his father, EDWARD EVERET, only and beloved child of Colonel Samuel and Mrs. Ella Simpson.  God called him home; earth proved not a genial clime. -- The watchful tenderness could not shield him from disease.  He has been removed from an earthly to a heavenly home, where sickness and sorrow never come.  He is now shielded by that blessed Jesus, who said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven."

Gone home, gone home, how many a prayer of love,
   Breathed out in ardor to detain thee here.
Our fancy's dream, its spell of fondness wove,
   To make thee happy as thou 'wert more dear.
Weep not, mid thornless flowers that never fade.
   In bowers of bliss, where raptures never cloy.
Thou hast thy home, thy changeless mansion made,
   Our transient visitant, our angel boy."


[Sentinel and Intelligencer, please copy.]

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