Kirtland Temple
A National Historic Landmark

David Hyrum Born


At nine o'clock on the morning of 17 November 1844, five months after Joseph's death, Emma gave birth to David Hyrum. Eliza R. Snow visited and wrote a poem about the infant, born to a world without a father. [1]

Sinless as celestial spirits—
   Lovely as a morning flow'r
Comes the smiling infant stranger
   In an evil-omen'd hour.

Not to share a father's fondness—
   Not to know its father's worth—
By the arm of persecution
   'Tis an orphan at its birth!

Smile, sweet babe! Thou art unconscious
   Of thy great, untimely loss!
The broad stroke of thy bereavement,
   Zion's pathway seem'd to cross!

Thou may'st draw from love and kindness
   All a mother can bestow;
But alas! On earth, a father
   You art destin'd not to know! [2]

A transcription of full poem as printed in the Times and Seasons is available.

Notes:

[1] Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery, Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith (New York: Doubleday, 1984), 211.

[2] "Lines written on the birth of the infant son of Mrs. Emma, widow of the late General Joseph Smith." Eliza R. Snow. Times and Seasons 5 (1 December 1844): 735.


 

 

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