Clark County Clipper, April 18, 1929

(Clair Dean McFarland)

Clair Dean McFarland, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. McFarland, born December 13, 1928, departed this life April 11, 1929, age 3 months, 28 days.

The Reaper and the Flowers

There is a Reaper, whose name is Death,
And with his sickle keen,
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
And the flowers that grow between.

"Shall I have naught that is fair," quote he:
"Have naught but the bearded grain?
Though the breath of these flowers is sweet to me,
I'll give them all back again."

He gazed at the flowers with tearful eyes,
He kissed their drooping leaves,
It was for the Lord of Paradise,
He bound them in his sheaves.

"My Lord hath need of these flowerlets gay,"
The Reaper said and smiled:
"Dear tokens of the earth are they,
Where he was once a child."

"They shall all bloom in fields of light,
Transplanted by my care.
And saints upon their garments white,
These sacred blossoms wear."

And the mother gave in tears and pain,
The flowers she most did love,
She knew she should find them all again,
In the fields of light above.

Oh, not in cruelty, not in wrath,
The Reaper came that day,
'Twas an angel visited the green earth,
And took the flowers away.
---H. W. Longfellow

Funeral services were held at the family home in Ashland Friday, April 12, at 3:30 p.m. Rev. Asa B. Ingram pastor of the Christian church conducting the services.  Burial was made in Highland cemetery.

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank those friends and neighbors for their kindness and help during the sickness and death of our darling boy; also for the floral offerings.

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. McFarland.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ November 4, 2005.


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