A Poem "To the Ladies of the Female Benevolent Hospital Kingston"

February 19, 1842
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"To the Ladies of the Female Benevolent Hospital Kingston" as it appeared in the Chronicle & Gazette on February 19, 1842. Source: Digital Kingston (link: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=6_6x9JMR98MC&dat=18420219&printsec=frontpage&hl=en )

Poetry was a common feature of 19th-century newspapers and was often published anonymously or signed with initials only. Below is a poem almost certainly written by a Kingstonian in honour of the women and work of the Female Benevolence Society and published in the Chronicle & Gazette on Feb. 19, 1842.

For the Chronicle & Gazette
To the Ladies of the Female Benevolent Hospital, Kingston.
Shrines of sweet charity! (sent down from Heaven,
With Faith and Hope, meek Handmiads of our Lord,
To teach us how to know the holy word,
Which he to sinful man for grace hath given.)
Ye did not pass by on the other side,
And leave your Laz'rus dying on the ground,
But meekly kneeling poured upon his wound,
The oil and wine, and stayed life's ebbing tide.
   Accept his thanks -- 'tis all he has to give:--
His humble prayers at morn and eve ascend,
That upon earth in health and wealth ye live;
And when your good works here shall have an end,
May ye with crowns upon your heads have place
With them who worship God and see him face to face.
                                                                                                  G.