O let him take frae me my head,
Or hang me on a tree;
For since I've lost my dear lady,
Life's no pleasure to me.
An obituary follows. It mainly speaks to Amanda's "Christian spirit."
Tuesday, 22 June 1852 - pg. 3 [via GenealogyBank]
On the 25th May, aged about 27 years, Mrs. AMANDA M. BANKS, wife of Joseph R. Banks of Pike, and daughter of A. and N. Davis of Monroe county, Ga. Although she never made an open and public profession of an experimental faith in Christ, such was her Christian spirit, her godly conversation and upright walk, that no one could distinguish her from the most devoted member of the Church. She was a lady of modesty and refinement, and such were her exalted views of the Christian character and purity of the Church of Christ, and such her humble and unobtrusive views of herself, that she did not unite herself with its membership. During her protracted and painful affliction, as well as while in health, the Bible was her constant companion; and could she have talked before her death, she would, no doubt, have given evidence of its power to save in the hour of affliction and death. Those who knew her best believe that but few better Christians have lived or died. S. M. SMITH.
|No, dear companion, no;|
We gladly let thee go,
From a suffering world beneath,
To a reigning world above;
Thou hast more than conquer'd death,
Thou art crown'd with life & love.
Those last lines are from a hymn "for the use of the people called Methodists" oft-titled, Death of a youthful Believer, from a collection curated by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791).