This acrostic[1] poem was composed by Henry Clegg for his wife, Ann Lewis Clegg, while he was stationed in Echo Canyon, during the time Johnstonís Army was advancing on Utah in 1857-1858.


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November 15, 1857


Ann my dear and faithful wife

     the chosen of my heart


No time can wear my love from thee

    though we be apart


No earthly goods or worldly price

    could tempt me to roam


Except I had thee by my side

    along with these at home.



Long may you live with health to bless

    your greatest treasure spare[ed]


Eternal life you may obtain

    and with me stand prepared.


When God the righteous judge of all

    rewards his faithful saints


In giving them a hundred fold

    for all their sore complaints


Stand faithful then and pray for me

    that I may faithful prove.



Consenting to no evil way

    but serve the God I love


Let not your heart be broken down

    but look with steadfast hope


Each passing day may bring relief

    and gain the blessings sought


God grant that day may quickly come


Gods people freed - the battle won.


The reply by Ann Lewis Clegg


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Salt Lake

    November 20, 1857



Henry, thou art my Lord

    in thee I can confide


Earth would no joys afford

    if  I were not thy bride


No language can express the love

    I feel for thee.


Rest then assured my dear,

    that I will constant be


Yes, constant, faithful, kind and true

    forever Iíll remain to you.



Cast not your spirit down,

    but to the end endure


Let every action shine,

    keep faithful, firm and pure.


Earths troubles soon will cease,

    times quickly fly away.


God will his saints release

    the enemyís power heíll stay.


God bless thee then, my Henry dear

    thou wilt again my presence cheer.


[1]A poem or series of lines in which certain letters, usually the first in each line, form a name, motto or message when read in sequence.