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Description: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ... On thy brow, the peace of a soul at rest; From thy lips, the words that fall Neither time nor change from our hearts may wrest, But love shall remember all. The babe at the font, they who sorrow in gloom, The blissful wedded pair, The healthful, the sick, in workshop or room, Have known thy love and prayer. Dear friend, who hast sat with us at the board, While we passed the harmless jest, How warmed each heart, as its wine freely poured From life's rich vineyards pressed Thou hast mellowed the bitter, the toilsome way With thy sweet, poetic light; To the hopeless one, hast revealed the day Through the long and dreary night. Threescore and ten Oh, the years we may chide, As thy mortal life they chime; But the wounds thou hast healed, the tears thou hast dried, They may not be spanned by time. Yet chide not the years that have cherished thy heart With the dews of eternal youth, That thou mayst to the thirsting soul impart Of its freshness, life, and truth. And flowers we bring thee, fragrant and fair, With love and honor meet; While the flying hours their tributes bear To the kingly year they greet. Rev. E. E. Hale, D. D., responded to the call of Mr. Whitcomb, as follows: -- It will hardly be believed that I am stepping so closely upon our friend's footsteps that I could give to this assembly anecdotes of his early ministry. For when I was breaking the ice myself, in that curious and fascinatingexperience when a young man begins, one of the cheerful and happy. prognostics for my professional life came to me when I first heard his name. I was in the city of Washington, detached thither to take such care as a boy could of the...