Excerpt from Poems
In addition to the pathos that always necessarily attaches to the carrying out of purposes planned by those who have passed away from the things of this life, there is in the case of myself, to whom has fallen the sacred task of gathering together the devot... ional poems written by my dear young friend, the further sadness that comes from my intimate knowledge that her undoubted gifts were hampered and her lofty aspirations curbed by her physical weakness. The wings that might have borne her through fields of literary fame were clipped indeed, and the high spirit caged within the narrowed sphere of an invalid's life. Nevertheless, her endurance and cheerful patience through years of su¿'ering and weakness, and her buoyant courage midst hope oft deferred were remarkable, as was also her tender thoughtfulness for others, especially for the mother with whose daily life her own was so intimately bound, and in whose heart there will ever remain an empty place.
Little by little the efforts to write had to be re linguished, one by one the beloved books laid aside, as strength gradually ebbed; then there came a period of quiet waiting, till in the solemn early morning hours of 13th June, 1908, Ruby passed peacefully to the presence of the Saviour, whom here she loved unseen.
For her we must be glad. Though we'd fain had her stay Longer to walk with us upon our daily way.
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