As well a being a beautiful poem, it inspires us to reflect on our own thoughts about what may lie ahead of and beyond us.
Although she was most famous for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin and her abolitionist work, Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) also wrote many lovely poems. Somehow she managed to find time to have published 30 books, several short stories and many poems amidst raising seven children and managing a household.
Harriet Elisabeth Beecher was born in Litchfield, Connecticut to Protestant preacher and a mother Roxanna, who died when Harriet was only five years old. Interestingly, her mother was always involved in improving herself (personal development), something Harriet continued to do, as well, throughout her whole life.
Luckily for Harriet (and the rest of us), she married a supportive husband, Calvin Stowe, who encouraged her writing and a career as an author. In a letter he wrote to her in 1840 he said, "My dear, you must be a literary woman. It is so written in the book of fate... Make all your calculations accordingly."
The Stowes were also fortunate to be neighbors to Samuel Clemens, better known as 'Mark Twain', who lived across the street from them at Forest Street in Hartford, Connecticut.
As it happens, Clemens wrote his most famous books including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn while he lived there. The two families were quite friendly and spent much time together. On a personal note, I was fortunate enough to visit both Clemens' and Harriett Beecher Stowe's historic homes in Hartford Connecticut.
gentle breezes fan our cheek;
Amid our worldly cares,
Its gentle voices whisper love,
And mingle with our prayers.
hearts around us throb and beat,
Sweet helping hands are stirred,
And palpitates the veil between
With breathings almost heard.
silence, awful, sweet, and calm,
They have no power to break;
For mortal words are not for them
To utter or partake.
thin, so soft, so sweet, they glide,
So near to press they seem,
They lull us gently to our rest,
They melt into our dream.
the hush of rest they bring
'Tis easy now to see
How lovely and how sweet a pass
The hour of death may be; --
close the eye, and close the ear,
Wrapped in a trance of bliss,
And, gently drawn in loving arms,
To swoon to that -- from this, --
knowing if we wake or sleep,
Scarce asking where we are,
To feel all evil sink away,
All sorrow and all care.
souls around us! watch us still;
Press nearer to our side;
Into our thoughts, into our prayers,
With gentle helpings glide.
death between us be as naught,
A dried and vanished stream;
Your joy be the reality,
Our suffering like the dream.