Obituaries - Dennison
DENNISON, JOHN G. - (Continued)
‘Tis sad to think ever
That ties fond must sever,
And dear hopes thus blighted
At last ruthlessly;—
Where peace and affection
And sincere devotion
Are truly united
In one family.
Yet, if we consider,
And on the fact ponder,
We poor mortals all
Are on probation here—
Each one in his station
To work out his salvation;—
Albeit often we’ll ‘fall’
And our task seem severe.
‘Tis said God chastiseth
All those whom He loveth;
Then truly, my dear one,
Has He done well for thee;
For no martyr e’er suffered,
Or sacrifice offered
Than you, dear kins-woman,
To the end patiently.
These sad thoughts—oppressive
Of hearts fond, submissive,
Will always lie graven
On our memory.
And our prayer shall be ever to the Almighty Life-Giver
That we meet thee in Heaven
When ‘dawns Eternity’s day.’”
[FMJ 1-28-1911, p. 2]
John G. Dennison
At the sunset of life when the labors he bore,
And the toils of humanity’s day were all o’er
The Master who doeth all things for the best,
Called hence His dear servant to peace and to rest
In the vineyard of Christ was he true and since—
His spirit, unfettered at last, is at home;
No matter how stormy the billowy sea,
The soul will most surely reach eternity.
Through the gloom of the tomb there comes a bright light
To dispel the dark shadow of death in it’s [sic] night
‘Tis a light shining forth in resplendent ray,
And marks but the dawn of Eternity’s Day.
Why, then, should we mourn for kindred that’s gone,
For him whom God calleth is sure the loved one?
Let us watch, let us wait, let us offer a prayer—
When the pearly gates open we shall meet them all there.”
Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson
28 x 22 cms
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