To My Brother And Sister
Have joined your lives together;
To sail down future's untried sea
And brave all kinds of weather.
So I bring my offering
And lay it at your feet;
It is a heartfelt prayer
That your lives be more complete.
That in each other you've a companion
To cheer you on through life;
And one will prove a loving husband,
The other a faithful wife.
Cling, O cling then to each other,
Though tempest tossed be the sea;
What e'er trials may beset you
Let them bind you more closely.
'Tis a heartfelt prayer I'm preaching,
Breathing from a sister's heart;
That a happy life's before you
And by death only will you part.
How I hope your lives will brighten
Hourly, and day by day;
That many happy years are before you
Ere either one shall pass away.
Poets and Poetry of Kansas
Thomas B. Herringshaw
(Chicago: American Publishers Association. 1894)