Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 272 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
who had come from the neighboring farmhouse
and puther hand shyly in his and
brought sweetness to his life and light to his
home. " If I live till sundown I shall look
once more into her deep and loving eyes, and
press her brown head once more to my aching
And he thought of the old father, patient
in prayer, bending lower and lower every
day under his load of sorrow and of age. c" If
I but live till sundown I shall see him again,
and wind my strong arm about his feeble
body, and his hands shall rest upon my head,
while the unspeakable healing of his blessing
falls into my heart!" And he thought of
the little children that clambered on his
knees and tangled their little hands in his
heartstrings, waking to them such music as
earth shall not equal or heaven surpass. " If
I live till sundown they shall find my
parched lips with their warm mouths, and
their little fingers shall run once more over
And he thought of his old mother, who
gathered these children about her and bathed
her old heart afresh in their brightness and
attuned her old lips anew to their prattle,
that she might live till her big boy came
home. " If I live till sundown, I will see
her again, and I will rest my head at my old
place on her knees and weep away all, all the
memory of this desolate night."
And the son of God, who had died for men
bending from the skies, put the hand that
had been nailed to the cross on the ebbing
life and held it stanch until the sun went
down and the stars came out and shone down
into the brave man's heart and were blurred
in his glistening eyes. And the lanterns of
the surgeons came and he was led from death
unto life. The world is a battle field strewn
with the wrecks of governments and institutions;
of theories and of faiths that have gone
down in the ravage of years. On this field
lies the South smitten with her problems.
Above the field swing the lanterns of God.
Amid the carnage walks the great physician.
Over the South he bends-' If ye but live
till to-morrow's sundown ye shall endure."
My countrymen, let us for her sake turn
our faces to the east and watch as the soldier
watched for the coming sun. Let us stanch
her wounds and hold her steadfast, as the sun
mounts the skies. As it descends let us
minister to her and stand constant at her
side for the sake of our children, and of generations
unborn that shall suffer if she fails.
And when the sun has gone down, and the
day of her probation has ended, and the stars
have filled her heart, the lanterns shall be
swung over the field again and the Great
Physician shall lead her up from trouble into
content-from suffering into peace-from
death unto life!
Let every man here pledge himself in this
high and ardent hour, as I pledge myself and
the boy that shall follow me-every man himself
and his son-here hand to hand and
heart to heart-that in deep and earnest
loyalty, in patient painstaking and care, he
shall watch her interest, advance her fortune,
defend her fame, and guard her honor as long
as life shall last.
If every man in the sound of my voice
under the deep consecration he owes to the
Union will consecrate himself to the South;
have no ambition, but to be first at her feet
and last in her service; no hope but after
a long life of devotion to sink to sleep in her
bosom, even as a little child sleeps at its
mother's breast, and rest untroubled in the
light of her smile,-with such consecrated
service, what could we not acco mplish? What
riches we should gather for her! whatglory
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/272/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.