Julia Perkins Pratt Ballard, writing as "Kruna," was a very popular poet who published dozens of poems between 1860 and 1867 in the pages of Robert Merry's Museum.


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THE TWO BURIALS, by Julia Perkins Pratt Ballard (from Robert Merry's Museum, November 1867, pp. 147-148)

[In reading the Life of Abraham Lincoln, one is forcibly struck by the contrast in the burial of his mother--alone, in an unbroken forest, in a rude, homemade box, with no funeral service, and scarcely a witness outside of the family--and the unparalleled magnificence of the national funeral of her noble son a few years later.]

In the cool, unbroken shadow,
      Where the fragile wild-flowers nod,
Dreamily above the sleeper
      Laid beneath the forest sod,

Lonely in their grief they bore her,
      With no sound of tolling bell;
Ah! the sob of crushed affection
      Was the mother's funeral-knell.

Never had that grand old forest
      Echoed to the sexton's spade;
First, within its sheltering bosom,
      Was that noble mother laid.

Lonely sleeper! he whose footsteps
      Wore a path to that lone mound--
Who with tears so oft bedewed it--
      That same sleep too quickly found.

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p. 148

Borne along, in bitter anguish,
      List the solemn-toiling bell;
Northern lakes to Southern waters
      Echoed back his funeral-knell.

Tolling! in the quiet village,
      Tolling! in the myriad throng,
Tolling! through the mountain gorges,
      As his form was borne along;

Tolling for the sorrow welling
      From a sudden, awful blow;
Tolling for the anguish swelling
      From a nation's bitter woe!

Lonely dust within the forest,
      Sleeper, where above the sod
Millions raised the speaking marble,
      Rest alike, beloved of God.

Kruna.


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