Poetry of Kansas

Birthday Greeting.

To General M. Breyman on His Birthday
Another year and still another May;
    Think not, O friend, that ever I forget--
Though doubtful oft on my onward way--
            Where are thy thy mile stones set.

Not many more you say.   The day declines;
    The long eventful journey nears its close,
The misty sunbeams fall in slanting lines
            Through seas of gold and rose.

Gentle the down-hill slope.   Love walks beside,
    With tender words and caresses sweet,
Folds thee in clasping arms, lest ill betide,
            Supports thy failing feet.

The eve draws on; the setting sun hangs low;
    Cometh the peaceful twilight, dim and gray:
Yet hope is thine and Faith in whisper low,
            Tells of a brighter day.

Some token of true friendship would I bring,
    But neither gold or silver shall it be.
Accept dear friend, the little song I sing--
            My birthday gift to thee.

__Ellen P. Allerton.

Walls of Corn and Other Poems
Ellen P. Allerton
(Hiawatha, KS: Harrington Printing Company. 1894)
Page 176

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