OLD LETTERS.|1866-06-30|The Merthyr Telegraph and General Advertiser for the Iron Districts of South Wales - Welsh Newspapers Online
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OLD LETTERS. Looking o'er old letters, are you ? What strange memories they wake, As some ye pass quite lightly by, And some with reverend touch ye take. A change o'erspreads your features, too, And pallid quite your lips have grown, And tear-drops tricle o'er your cheeks— Say, what past grief do you bemoan ? It was a loving mother's words, Penn'd to you when in distant lands, Praying that God would ye preserve From harm amid those stranger bands It was her last, and the loved words Are deeply graven in your heart; And while ye tread this vale of tears Ye ne'er will with that treasure part. Looking o'er old letters are you ? What strange memories ye wake, As some ye pass quite lightly by, And some with reverend touch ye take. A little pile from early friends, Words written in the flush of youth Prize them though couched in simplest terms, They breathe of innocence and truth. One holds a tress of golden hair; Ye press it to your lips, ah, why ? It was your first bright dream of love, But the sweet bud bloomed but to die. You've breathed full many a vow since then You've cherished many a maiden fair Yet when your thoughts are heavenward led Ye think an angel waits ye there. Looking o'er old letters, are you ? What strange memories they wake, Of friends beloved, who ye once thought Ye never, never could forsake. They're gone, ye know not where they dwell, Passed from your very thoughts away Yet those old letters bring them back As fresh as 'twere but yesterday. Oh, bum not one, though soiled and worn, They are with bygone memories fraught; And lessons grave of life forsooth. May be by those dumb missives taught. They teach us what is friendship worth, How absence severs many a tie They show how the affections change, As years go fleeting, rolling by. EMILY STEPHENS.

MERTHYR BOARD OF GUARDIANS.

ABERDARE POLICE COURT.

TREDEGAR PETTY SESSIONS.

MERTHYR COUNTY COURT.

PENDERYN PETTY SESSIONS.

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