1 Oh! sweet as vernal dews that fill
The closing buds on Zion's hill,
When evening clouds draw thither;
So sweet, so heavenly 'tis to see
The members of one family
Live peacefully together!
2 The children, like the lily flowers
On which descend the sun and showers,
Their hues of beauty blending;
The parents, like the willow boughs
On which the lovely foliage grows,
Their friendly shade extending.
3 But leaves the greenest will decay,
And flowers the brightest fade away,
When autumn winds are sweeping;
And be the household e'er so fair,
The hand of death will soon be there,
And turn the scene to weeping.
4 Yet leaves again will clothe the trees,
And lilies wave beneath the breeze,
When spring comes smiling hither;
And friends, who parted at the tomb,
May yet renew their loveliest bloom,
And meet in heaven together.
Born: August 17, 1789, Firth, Lilliesleaf, Roxburgh, Scotland.
Died: November 12, 1825, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Buried: New Calton Burial Ground, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Knox, William, born at Firth, Lilliesleaf, Roxburgh, Aug. 17, 1789, and educated at the parish school, and the grammar school at Musselburgh. For some time he was engaged in farming at Wrae, near Langholm, Dumfriesshire; but not succeeding to his satisfaction, he left Wrae in 1817, and finally settled in Edinburgh in 1820, where he subsequently obtained employment as a contributor to the public journals. He died in Edinburgh, Nov. 12, 1825. His poetical works were, (1) The Lonely Hearth, North Shields, 1818 ; (2) Songs of Israel, 1824; (3) The Harp of Zion, 1825; and (4) the… Go to person page >