My dearest Ellen, on this day,
	I want to come to you to say;
My love for you will falter never,
	I’ll love you always, dearest, ever!

It was a day so long ago,
	To my delight I got to know
A girl named Ellen from Wilkes County,
	A girl that brought to my life bounty.

You’ve proven sweet, true, kind and dear,
	I’ll always want you ever-near;
Your beauty takes away my breath,
	I’ll love you always unto death.

Our hearts were knit and we are one,
	‘Til our life’s journeys here are done.
It’s been a joyous trip in life,
	With you beside me as my wife.

God blessed us with our children three.
	They made our hearts beat fast with glee.
We’ve seen them grow before our eyes,
	To give us grandkids as a prize.

We have a home, a place of love,
	Blessed with God’s favor from above.
We’re blessed in riches that abide,
 	In God’s great grace we take our pride.

We’ve loved and laughed and even lost,
	At times we’ve had to pay great cost.
It’s part of life to face stark death,
	But God in love gave baby’s breath.

So, Ellen, darling, this I write,
	To praise you for your life and light.
You’ve been a beacon true and dear,
	To all who’ve known you far and near.

I pray your days left here below,
	Will gladness, pleasure, blessings know;
I’ll love you ‘til I cannot breathe,
	And only then from you will leave.

                      Your Devoted Husband

“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.” (Song of Solomon 8:7)

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