Buried: Fairview Cemetery, Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Lewis is perhaps best remembered for this poem, written to honor the civil war dead from Blair County, Pennsylvania:
Her rock-ribbed mountains, high and blue,
Are not more strong and not more true,
Than is her love for those who gave
Their strong, young life our Land to save,
Who heard great Lincoln’s call for men,
And died in field and prison-pen.
Blair’s heroes sleep far, far from home,
Their only epitaph, "UNKNOWN!"
But angels bright are sent of God
To watch beside their beds of sod.
Long as our mountains pierce the skies—
Till God shall bid the dead arise—
Ne’er let the work our heroes wrought,
By children’s children be forgot.
Brave "Boys in Blue," wh… Go to person page >
Display Title: Why I SingFirst Line: I sing because I love HimTune Title: [I sing because I love Him]Author: Ida Clarkson LewisSource: Salvation Songs, by Charles H. Gabriel (Cincinnati, Ohio: Fillmore Brothers, 1895), number 3.