Thursday, June 15, 1882
We copy the following from the Saline, (Mich.) Observer, of June 1st, 1882:
“Samuel, a little one-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Bartlett, of Omro, Wis., died at the residence of Mr. L. S. Pierce, in this village, on Sunday last. Mrs. B. is a sister of Mrs. Pierce, and had recently arrived to visit for a short time, relations in this vicinity, when the child was attacked with malarial fever which resulted in its death. The funeral took place Tuesday, the thirtieth day of May. The clergyman took for his remarks the following passage from Scripture: “Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Mr. W. . Gregory, grandfather of the departed child, wrote the following poem which was read at the funeral. Mr. G. is father of Mrs. Bartlett, and is about 70 years:
Savior we know ‘twas the Lord divine
That prompted those sweet words of thine
But still, alas how could we see
Our own dear child must come to Thee.
How could our darkened heart discern
The lesson Thou would have us learn?
How could we know Thou didst require
Our loved one’s voice to swell thy choir!
Thy kingdom’s vast but sinless throng
Fills all the heavenly hills with song, -
And yet Thy kingdom did demand
One infant more to fill Thy band.
One little child, and that our own,
Must cross the river all alone;
Yet not “alone,” for Thy strong hand
Brought it safely to the land.
This we believe, dear Lord, and still
Naught in the heavens or earth can fill
That place made vacant, but Thy grace,
That fills and more than fills the place.
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