Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | November 18, 2017

An Accrostic, (acrostic) North Williamsburg, 1850.

To Miss Margaret Bell, N. Williamsburgh

Composed by her friend

Henry   “An Accrostic”  Westenhall

Miss Maggy, Miss Maggy, if I’m rightfully told
Arrived you are to be fourteen year old
Rejoicing no doubt to be so far advanced.
Going up the gay hillhocks, on which I have danced,
As youth has it’s errors, not few nor yet small,
Rough roads are the places where youth’s arrows must fall
Experience keeps a good school.  I know well.
To teach youth and Age, the Bear and the Belle.
But blessed are those that learn as they grow.
Every evil to shun and s Savior to know.
Led by God’s sweet spirit, Then all will be well
Lord grant this great peace!  To Miss Margaret Bell.





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