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.