Poem written by Mary Anna (Momenteller) Downs, about 1899

(for Mary Lindesmith on the death of her husband, John Momenteller Lindesmith, who was Mary Ann's nephew. John died in March 1899)

In 1900 Mary Ann and her husband John Downs were living in Galveston, Texas (right before the Cat. 4 hurricane in Sept 1900). Their family lived through the hurricane.)


There is one spot upon this earth

My spirit yearns to see

Across the wild prairie land

Far, very far, from me.


Yet I would smile when storms arise

And every danger brace,

Could I but reach that sacred spot.

It is my husband's grave.


There I would lay me down and weep

And dream of joys gone by,

When my darling love could sooth each care

And every want supply.


There I would gather flowers fair

Rich in fragrance and perfume.

The choicest, loveliest, and the rare

I'd scatter over his tomb.


I'd plant a cedar by his head

A willow at his feet

And, on his breast, oh tell my why

Not lay me down and sleep.


There I would rest me free from care

Till God would call me home.

And then my loved one's joys I'd share,

Far from his earthly tomb.


Farewell, my darling, farewell.

We'll not be parted long.

I soon shall join the ransom throng

And sing with you redemption's song.


Soon I will leave this gloomy vale

And through the gates of death I'll sail

And then our joys will be complete.

We'll worship at our Saviour's feet.