Memorial page for Adelbert Older (c1841-1864), by Belle P. R. and Adelbert Older (from Robert Merry’s Museum, February 1865, p. 87)
By Belle P. R.
Down where no weeping willow
O'er his low bed weeps,
Where the turf is piled up rudely,
There our brave boy sleeps.
There our darling soldier slumbers,
Day by day alone;
And the low-voiced mourning cuckoo
Wails its plaintive moan.
Down where no sculptured marble
Marks the humble spot,
Near it is the field of glory
Where our boy was shot.
Years ago, when he—a baby—
Slept on mother’s knee,
Little thinking of the rough voyage
On life's wayward sea,
How dear mother used to watch him,
Then her pride and joy;
And how oft she used to bless him,
Bless her darling boy.
But now, how still he slumbers!
Now, he's free from care;
God took our boy to heaven,
And he's resting there.
But I think I see him, joyous,
'Mid a happy throng,
Where Glory, glory to the Father,
Is the sweetest song;
On his head a crown of glory,
Brighter than the sun—
Far, far brighter than the other
That on earth he won.
By Adelbert Older.
The zephyrs, idle vagrants,
Come filled with sweetest fragrance;
They shake the blossoms down in showers,
And steal the fragrant breaths of flowers.
The bee, the bright-winged rover,
Is wandering all over
The fields of blooming clover;
He dives deep down in the lilies' bells,
And sips the sweets from their hidden cells.
The brook steals down the meadow,
Through sunshine and through shower,
By buttercups and daisies,
In deep and shady places;
Then, with a sound of mimic wrath,
It leaps along its pebbly path.
Beyond, the green-clothed hilltops lie,
And smile to see the smiling sky.
Deep in the leafy woods,
The shady solitudes,
The timid little rabbit peeps,
The squirrel on the branches leaps.
Each tree stands dim and solemn,
Like some old temple's column,
And through those arches vast and dim,
The wind is chanting a grand old hymn.
We half forget the primal curse,
And peace reigns through the universe.
May 21st, 1863.
I’m mustered out!
God of our fathers, our freedom prolong,
And tread down rebellion, oppression, and wrong!
Oh! land of earth's hopes, on thy blood-reddened sod
I die for the Nation, the Union, and God!
I’m mustered out!