A. P. Neal, Jr.

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
July 26, 1888, Page 7
Transcribed by 2006

In Memoriam.

The morning sun, as it rises and showers its glad rays upon the Eastern slope of our “city of the dead,” falls upon a small new made grave.  Beneath the little mound lies all that remains of A. P. Neal, Jr., only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. and Lilly Y. Neal.  He was born September 29th, and died July 11th, 1888.

Who would willingly disturb the repose of the little sleeper? He has made a blessed exchange.  Instead of a suffering, mortal body, a glorious, immortal nature is now his inheritance, and he partakes of joys which “it hath not entered into the heart of man to conceive.”  For him God’s own seal is set upon a “spiritual body.”  His gift through the suffering sand death of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  May the bereaved ones accept the hope of a joyous reunion on the resurrection morn.  May they say of the place where they laid him:

‘Tis but of earth a simple pile,
With mossy turf o’ergrown,
Where spring’s just peeping violets smile,
Where her soft winds have blown.

The summer birds around it sing
Through all the glowing day,
And near it sit with folded wing
When twilight melts away.

E’en wintry snows and storms seem kind
When round that mound they sweep,
As they with fleecy robes would bind
And shield what there may sleep.

I know that e’en the Lord on high,
Whose word all world’s obey,
O’er that dear dust with loving eye,
Watch, keepeth day by day.

Ah! Then swift thought far onward flies
To that bright gladsome morn,
When this that mortal mouldering lies,
Immortal shall be born.

When He, of life and death the Lord,
Who holds of both the keys,
Gives death to death, and with His word
The grave’s last captive frees.

--The tribute of a Friend.


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