Julia Perkins Pratt Ballard, writing as “Kruna,” was a very popular poet who published dozens of poems between 1860 and 1867 in the pages of Robert Merry’s Museum.


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“The Two Burials,” by Julia Perkins Pratt Ballard (from Robert Merry’s Museum, November 1867; pp. 147-148)

[In reading the Life of Abraham Lincoln, one is forcibly struck by the contrast in the burial of his mother—alone, in an unbroken forest, in a rude, homemade box, with no funeral service, and scarcely a witness outside of the family—and the unparalleled magnificence of the national funeral of her noble son a few years later.]

In the cool, unbroken shadow,

Where the fragile wild-flowers nod,

Dreamily above the sleeper

Laid beneath the forest sod,

Lonely in their grief they bore her,

With no sound of tolling bell;

Ah! the sob of crushed affection

Was the mother’s funeral-knell.

Never had that grand old forest

Echoed to the sexton’s spade;

First, within its sheltering bosom,

Was that noble mother laid.

Lonely sleeper! he whose footsteps

Wore a path to that lone mound—

Who with tears so oft bedewed it—

That same sleep too quickly found.

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p. 148

Borne along, in bitter anguish,

List the solemn-toiling bell;

Northern lakes to Southern waters

Echoed back his funeral-knell.

Tolling! in the quiet village,

Tolling! in the myriad throng,

Tolling! through the mountain gorges,

As his form was borne along;

Tolling for the sorrow welling

From a sudden, awful blow;

Tolling for the anguish swelling

From a nation’s bitter woe!

Lonely dust within the forest,

Sleeper, where above the sod

Millions raised the speaking marble,

Rest alike, beloved of God.

Kruna.

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