This birthday greeting was sent to Mrs. C. K. Smith on her birthday. Below that poem will be the response she sent as a thank you to the writter. Some lovely writing between two poets back in the late 1800's.

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Youth is the time of buds and flowers
Nurtured by sunshine and by showers,
Age with its golden tinted leaves,
Garners ripe fruit within its sheaves.

All that is rich and sweet remains
Through summer's heat and autumn's rains*
And holds within its close embrace,
Germs of the new-born living race.

May this and future birthdays prove
Rich with such fruits of hope and love,
And all, harmoniously combine
To crown with joy this life of thine!
Dr. C C. Parry
March 13, 1883

Thanks, my friend, for this bright lay,
Written upon my natal day;
'Tis fresh and sweet as if for youth,
And not for age as 'tis in truth.

And why not hope for future hours,
As well as early youthful powers?
'Tis Erood to have increase of years,
When not accompanied with fears.

With fears of what there may await
The passage through death's open gate,
And can we not almost discern,
Or rather, previously learn

By noting, what today has wrought,
Perceive with what the morrow's fraught.
So would I thus return to thee
Good wishes now expressed for me,
And may your hundredth birthday be
Pleasant as is this day to me!
Mrs. C. K. Smith

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