06 January 2011

Julia's Song

Julia Catherine Street is buried next to her Confederate war veteran husband J. C. New in Duluth Church Cemetery at Gwinnett County, Georgia. She has quite an epitaph etched in the arched stone she shares with her husband. It begins in a typical enough fashion:

Julia Catherine Street
Wife of J. C. New
Born Sept 12, 1824
Married Aug 5, 1844
Died July 17, 1898

Oh there is a better day coming.

Now here is where the beautiful words really flow. Even without music you can hear the rhythmic cadence in the hymn written by Charles Wesley about 1740:

Jesus, lover of my soul,
Let me to thy bosom fly,
While the raging billows roll,
While the tempest still is high,
Hide me, O my Saviour, hide,
Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide;
O, receive my soul at last.

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