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Michigan

BRANCH COUNTY

When we are gone the heavens will be as bright over our graves as they are around our pathway now; the world will have the same attraction for offspring yet unborn, as she has had for our fathers who have passed away, and as she has for us as we mix in the busy haunts of men. Yet a little while and all this" will have happened. Your fathers! where are they? The once throbbing heart is. still—they are at rest. They have ceased from their labors and their works do follow them. So with us. Our funeral will wind on its way, and the prayers will be said, and the grave-clods will be thrown in, and our friends will all return, and we shall be left to darkness and the worm. * Possibly for a short time we may be spoken of—the home circle, or our immediate acquaintances may think of us, but the things of life will gradually creep in and we shall be forgotten. Days will move on; the repose of night will come as before, laughter and song will be heard in the very chamber in which we died; and the eye which mourned for us will be dried, and will glisten again with joy; and even our children will cease to think of us, and will scarce remember to lisp our name. Should we leave a little property some of them will quarrel over it, —thus displaying the selfishness of human nature, and furnishing business for the lawyers, but we shall have become, in the touching language of the Psalmist, "forgotten and clean out of mind. " Our duty to-day is, however, to show our gratitude; and manifest our love; to call up for an hour—if only a brief hour—precious memories, and learning from the past, from the stand-point of the present, do our work faithfully in the great battles of human life.

BRANCH COUNTY MICHIGAN


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