A correspondent writes to us from Na pjer
During a recent holiday in Dunedin I was very much struck by a. short .article in your paper on '.A Night in. the Childrens Ward.’ Having contributed the enclosed verses to the Hawke's Bay ‘ Heraldtor December 20, I thought it was a curious coincidence, and was pleased to know ti at someone else was trying to help such -.rOwAvc-. Ucstitutions. It you til .‘.k ‘' worth while, republishing the verses in your paper, you are at liberty to do so. —The Napier Hospital.— Horne of tragedy and sorrow, Of gloom anri sadness waiting on to-mor-row ;
Hoping for relief, "Tis past belief That trailty should bear fo rrirh And strength should be so weak. Weakness and long suffering Borne with patience and peace, Short and sharp are the pains of strength, Bemoaning its evil fortune. Calling on Clod for release.
*»«•**** The long dark night, A shrink of pain ; A 1 iaht turned up, Relief again.
Down the long, dim-lighted ward A groan, a sigh, a whispered call, Hmless tossing; fearful of waking nil; To join our misery. A drink, please. Nurse! And hurrying soft-shod feel Bring glad relief; Just ono little word of love, Maybo a fond caress ; Then back again go the hurrying feet—Thus dees the work progress.
A change of Nurse, arriving with the sun, Twin heralds of light and gladness, Fresh and fair as the morning, Dispelling all gloom and sadness ; Tripping'along, humming a song, Picture of health and gladness. Firmness and strength for the task required, Tenderness, patience, and skill ; Bright sparkling eyes, speaking of fun Between the tasks, or when tho work is done. The broad, smooth brow betokens mors than Duty, When duty is in vain, and shadows flee
away ; That broad, smooth brow and loving
smile Seek to beguile, 31 v soul to realms of bliss
*****»«■ Visiting day ; the little groups Break and scatter. Commission serious, pheasant converse. Or, just chatter ! The serious-minded person comes along. Driven by sense of duty, Another drawn by love Pauses by each group Leaving some token of everlasting beauty Another, drawn by memories Bitter and sweet, Hastens to greet. .Sympathy and strength : And understanding sweet. Borne of greater wee !
******* There are lonely hearts to cherish, And visiting time is brief. Hearts are sick with longing And souls are racked with grief. Just to fondle our loved ones For ever so brief a time; Wc g-azo at the door ; But never - more. The one we seek Has sought another dime. Hope deferred, And, what has occurred. Also what is inferred ; Make death less terrible And Hell less grim.
******* Oh! if you have aught of time Or means ; of sympathy, or tact: .Spend and be spent in this work sublime. Supplying what others lack . Some say : Why strive To sot the crooked straight? It is God’e plan ; The work of man Can have no weight! The Man who taught us how to pray; Thy Will be done, Thy Kingdom come. Here, as above. Would not gainsay Faith, Hope, and Love ! ******* King out the Old, Bing in the New, Away with melancholy j Good thoughts must end in deeds of Love, Or all is Folly. Geatjtttdk. Xapiex, December, 1914.
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HOSPITAL WORK, Evening Star, Issue 15699, 13 January 1915