Warm summer sun shine kindly here;
Warm southern wind blow softly here;
Green sod above lie light, lie light-
Good night, dear heart, good night, good night.
- poem by Robert Richardson chosen for Susy Clemens' headstone
Good-bye! a kind good-bye,
I bid you now, my friend,
And though 'tis sad to speak the word,
To destiny I bend
And though it be decreed by Fate
That we ne'er meet again,
Your image, graven on my heart,
Forever shall remain.
Aye, in my heart thoult have a place,
Among the friends held dear,-
Nor shall the hand of Time efface
The memories written there.
Keokuk, Iowa, May 7, 1856
- from album of Ann Virginia Ruffner, published in Hannibal Journal, 3/6/1935
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