To Nettie (Botta)

          Now has the spring her treasures all unbound,
             The earth has put her wedding-garment on,
          And, robed in light, with flowers and verdure crowned,
             Comes forth in joy to meet the bridegroom sun.

          Thou, too, in thy young life's first bloom and pride,
             Joyous as spring, fresh as the morning air,
          Fair as the flowers of May, comest forth a bride,
             And bowest thy head, Love's golden chain to wear.

          Were mine the power, thy course of life should be
             Serene and tranquil as the summer sky.
          No wintry blast should rudely visit thee,
             No tear of sorrow ever dim thine eye.

          And when that hour should come, as come it must,
             And thy long summer day draw to its close,
          Filled with immortal hope and heavenly trust
             Thou like the sun shouldst sink to thy repose.

          Vain wish, for cloudless skies, life without tears!
             A wiser, higher power controls thy fate.
          Sorrow and joy are each his ministers;
             And each alike on human footsteps wait.

          Seek then his aid who was a man of grief,
             Who bore the cross and won a crown for thee,
          And thou shalt walk the troubled sea of life,
             As once he walked the Sea of Galilee.

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.