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Catalog Number KSa020048
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Poem
Title This Day 60 Years of Age
Creator Shepard Alonzo Mount
Dates of Creation 1864/07/17
Scope & Content This day sixty years of age, July 17, 1864

Within the years I now have run
The gauntlet of allotted time,
And yet how little I have done
To fit me for that better clime.

The wasted seasons go and come,
While years fly fearfully away,
And death has left my earthly home
The relic of a happier day.

Or years remembered `oft with pain
Yet doomed to feel, and sigh to know,
They never can return again,
And thus I follow, sad and slow.

Nature is wondrous to my eyes,
And artists shout her glories share
But I could never paint a sky
That made me feel my home was there

This fruitless toil may be forgiven,
And now to gain a place of bliss;
No more, may man, the face of Heaven,
With pigments then applied amiss.
S.A. Mount

On back "Sixty Years
Notes Had been folded to 5 x 2-12/16" and "Sixty Years" hand written