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Prudence Person's Scrapbook

An Annotated Digital Edition

Ashley Reed, Jimmy Zhang, Meagan Keziah, Authors

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This poem is by "Father Ryan," or Abram J. Ryan, a Southern poet and priest. Ryan was well known in the South, as he had served as a chaplain in the Southern army and was a staunch advocate of the Confederacy. He was sometimes referred to as the "Poet Laureate of the Confederacy."

This article appeared in many newspapers, magazines, and poetry collections in the second half of the nineteenth century. It even appeared in the Christian Recorder, an African-American newspaper, in 1886. The poem describes the trials and tribulations of a lifetime and talks of the wearisome lives we live but asserts that God has everything under control. It eventually ends with the speaker saying how he has found where he will rest and his life will end.

L. Moody Simms. "Ryan, Abram Joseph." American National Biography Online. Feb. 2000.

"Rest." The Christian Recorder. Philadelphia, PA. September 23, 1886. African American Newspapers Collection
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