The final poem in the book was written in 1843. She concluded it with a note, “This is the first and only poetry I ever attempted until I was impressed by the spirit power,” indicating she may have been a spiritualist. The poem, written in honor of her departed sister, begins with a note, “This impression came to me in the night after the marriage of a sister. Think it must have been from spirit power who did not know it at the time,” a possible reference to a communication from her sister.
Many of the poems are about death and loss.
One of the more direct references to spiritualism appears at the top of a poem written on August 11, 1859. “What is more soothing to the soul then to feel loved spirits around you...Weary pilgrim now a wanderer/Come return for you there rest/For within the spirit shrine/You can hold communion with the blest/Angels from God throne of glory/Are opening the portal doors/That you may hold converse/With the loved from celestial shores...”
On August 31, 1859, she writes, in small part, “Why should sad moments of the past/Ore your life sorrow cast/Time has borne them far away/Still your memory oft they stray/And your eyes are filed with tears/Reflecting on former years...”
On May 22, 1859, she writes, “Death restores the soul to glory/And ushers it into the munition of rest/Death dread angel that so often surround you/Are kind messengers from the home of the blest/They come in love to release the try’d spirit/And to sever the tie that bind it to earth/That it may soar to a higher region/There to roam free in its Heavenly birth...”
In another poem, written in 1859, she concludes with this stanza, “...Do not doubt the spirit power/Nor feel your friends are lost to you/In faith believe the loved are near/And they will teach what is true...”
On December 11, 1859, she begins, “...Heed the spirit that falls on thine ear/And your eyes shall see they teachers are near...”
In a poem entitled “Spirit Musing,” she writes, “...The unseen we come and oft draw near/To hold communion with those we love dear/To bring glad tidings from Heaven’s bright home/And to comfort the heart that in sadness mourns...”
Beautifully written in blue and black ink. Light rubbing and wear, but overall excellent and a wonderful example of Americana, indicating clearly the thoughts and practices of the day.
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