My Beth

Sitting patient in the shadow
Till the blessed life shall come,
A serene and saintly presence
Sanctifies our troubled home.
Earthly joys and hopes and sorrows,
Break like ripples on the strand
Of the deep and solemn river
Where her willing feet now stand.
O my sister, passing from me,
Out of human care and strife
Leave me, as a gift, those virtues
Which have beautified your life.
Dear, bequeath me that great patience
Which has power to sustain
A cheerful uncomplaining spirit
In the prison-house of pain.
Give me, for I need it sorely,
Of that courage, wise and sweet,
Which has made the path of duty
Green beneath your willing feet.
Give me that unselfish nature,
That which charity divine
Can pardon wrong for love’s dear sake-
Meek heart, forgive me mine!
Thus our parting daily loseth
Something of its bitter pain,
And while learning this hard lesson
My great loss becomes my gain.
For the touch of grief will render
My wild nature more serene,
Give to life new aspirations,
A new trust in the unseen.
Henceforth, safe across the river,
I shall see forevermore
A beloved household spirit
Waiting for me on the shore.
Hope and faith, born of my sorrow,
Guardian angels shall become,
And the sister gone before me
By their hands shall lead me home.

This was from the novel of Louisa May Alcott, Little Women. I have so much love for this ❀



  1. Yes, so eloquent, filled with sister-longing. I read the novel as a little girl several times, seen the old and new movies of Little Women. As the oldest of 5 sisters, I lost my second sister Jo (Jolie) when she was young. Today, Christmas Eve, I watched the 1949 movie again and I can’t Margaret O’Brien’s sweet face and hear her fervent little girl voice without tears.

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    1. There’s something really magical with classic novels. The feels they gave us last long.. maybe could last a lifetime. It’s so good to know that Little Women still lingers with you. Your sister smiles for you from heaven πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas, dear.


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