By Winnie Winthrop
March 15, 1865. Vol. 1. No. 24. Page 4
Do you know the kindly greeting
Of the loved ones at the door,
When the lone heart, fondly beating,
Reaching home and friends once more?
Oh! That bright and joyous meeting,
As the words of hearty cheer
Come, like echo tones, repeating,
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome here!
All the sorrow of the parting
And the farewell, then so sad,
And the tear-drops timid starting,
Are forgot in union glad.
Aye! The bond of love grows stronger
When its charms at home we share,
When an absent one no longer
Claims the sigh, the tear, the prayer.