LINES WRITTEN IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE LATE MR JOHN MAILEY
Who departed this life at his residence, Cullybackey, 23rd July 1910 aged 63 years
“Et quisquis vivit et credit in me, non mortieur in aeternum.”
Death, solemn death, here in our midst,
Hath made its mark again,
Selecting our beloved friend
And workmate in the “Maine.”
A quiet, honest, moral man,
We knew him day by day,
Are confident where he has gone,
Because he knew the way.
O’er sixty years he trod this earth,
Unscathed by slander’s breath;
He lived a humble Christian’s life,
And died a Christian’s death.
Although a Presbyterian firm,
He gave offence to none,
Nor did he let his left hand know
The good his right had done.
We knew him as a man all round,
Who ever stood four-square;
We loved him as a brother “made,”
To which I now refer.
John has not left all our ranks
One truer to the casue,
Or stauncher for the Union great
And Constitution’s laws.
A member of Two-Thirty-Nine
For over forty years,
And never missed a Twelfth but two,
A record which endears.
If language “mystic” I may use,
His “walking” is all o’er,
For Jordan now is crossed in truth,
He rests on Canaan’s shore.
The desert journey, rough and smooth,
Traversed as in the night,
Sublime with mysteries profound,
He sees in triune light.
The “ladder” Jacob only saw,
That reached to heaven above,
With grace our brother now hath climbed,
By “Faith,” and “Hope,” and “Love.”
From dear Galgorm, his lodge beloved,
By God’s supreme decree,
Transferred to one for evermore
Celestial in degree.
Good wife bereaved, brethren and friends,
Think on the other side,
And like John Mailey ever take
“Jehovah as our guide.”
Adam Lynn, Cullybackey 30th July 1910