Dies Oct 20th [1862] at Jones Springs North Carolina Annie Carter Lee daughter of Genl Lee

By Mary Bayard Devereux1 Clarke

 

 

Earth to earth & dust to dust,

Saviour in thy word we trust,

Sow the new our precious grain,

Thou shalt raise it up again,

Plant we the terrestrial root

That shall bear celestial fruit

Lay a bud within the tomb

That a flower in Heaven may bloom

Severed are no tender ties

Though in Death’s embrace she lies,

For the lengthening chain of love

Stretched to her home above”

Mother in thy bitter grief

Let this thought bring sweet relief

Thou’st Mother of an angel now

God himself hath crowned thy brow

With the thorns the Saviour wore,

Blessed art thou evermore

Unto Him thou dost resign

A portion of the life was thine

“Earth to earth & dust to dust”

Lone the trial, sweet the trust

Father thou who se’est Death

Gathering grain at every breath

As his sickle sharp he wields

Oer our bloody battle fields

Murmur not that now he weaves

This sweet flower into his sheaves

Taken in her early prime,

Gathered in the summer time

Autumn’s blasts she shall not know

Never shrink from winter’s snow

Sharp the pang that thou must feel

Sharper than the foeman’s steel

For thy fairest flower lies hid

Underneath the coffin’s lid

Oer her grave thou drop no tear

Warrior stern must thou appear

Counsling [sic] back the cruel grief

Which in tears should find relief

Louder still thy country cries

At thy feet it bleeding lies

And before the Patriot now

Husband, father, both must bow

But unencumbered are thy friends

And from many a home ascends

Earnest heartfelt prayers for thee

That as thy days, thy strength may be

Fernella

 

These lines were written by a Mary Clarke formerly Miss Devereaux of NC who was with us at the Springs & had known your Father in Texas

 

 

1. Mary Bayard Devereux Clarke was born in Wake County, North Carolina, on 1827 May 13. She died in New Bern, North Carolina, on 1886 March 30. She was the wife of William John Clarke (1819-1886), also a native of Wake County. Clarke rose to the rank of colonel during the Civil War as the commander of the 24th North Carolina, which served in the Army of Northern Virginia. Clarke had previously served in the Mexican War. He was captured in Virginia in early 1865 and was a prisoner of war for the remainder of the conflict.

 

 

Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 391, Section 20, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 April 4