A Mother's Prayer.

Mary Gardiner Horsford 1824 – 1855

I knelt beside a little bed,
  The curtains drew away,
  And, 'mid the soft, white folds beheld,
  Two rosy sleepers lay;
  The one had seen three summers smile
  And lisped her evening prayer;
  The other, - only one year's shade
  Was on her flaxen hair.

  No sense of duties ill performed
  Weighed on each heaving breast,
  No weariness of work-day care
  Disturbed their tranquil rest;
  The stars to them as yet were in
  The reach of baby hand,
  Temptation, trial, grief, were words
  They could not understand.

  But in the coming years I saw
  The turbulence of life
  O'erwhelm this calm of innocence
  With melancholy strife;
  "From all the foes that lurk without,
  From feebleness within,
  What Sovereign guard from Heaven," I asked,
  "Will strong beseeching win?"

  Then to my soul a vision came,
  Illuming, cheering all,
  Of him who stood with shining front
  On Dothan's ancient wall;
  And, while his servant's heart grew faint
  As he beheld with fear
  The Syrian bands encompassing
  The city far and near,

  With lofty confidence to his
  Sad questioning replied,
  "Those armies are outnumbered far
  By legions at our side:"
  Then up from starry sphere to sphere,
  Was borne the Prophet's prayer,
  "Unfold to his blind sight, O God!
  Thy glorious hosts and fair."

  The servant's eyes bewildered gazed
  On chariots of fire,
  On seraphs clad in mails of light,
  Resistless in their ire;
  On ranks of angels marshalled close,
  Where roving comets run,
  On silver shields and rainbow wings,
  Outspread before the sun.

  I saw the Syrian hosts, at noon,
  Led sightless through the land,
  And longed to grasp the Prophet's robe
  Within my feeble hand;
  While my whole soul went out in deep
  And passionate appeal,
  That faith like his might set within
  My babes' pure hearts its seal.
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Mary Gardiner Horsford

Mary Gardiner born 1824 died 1855. Born Mary L'Hommedieu Gardiner on September 26, 1824, daughter of Samuel and Mary Catherine Gardiner, Mary married Eben Norton Horsford August 4, 1847. She was privately tutored as a young child but later attended the Albany Female Seminary where she met Eben. more…

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