Another Postcard from the Other Side, and an enigmatic little short story in itself.
The verse reads:
“Thy Will Be Done”
My God, my Father, while I stray
Far from my home, on life’s rough way,
O teach me from my heart to say
“Thy Will be done”
Though dark my path, and sad my lot,
Let me be still and murmur not.
Or breathe the prayer divinely taught
“Thy Will be done”.
The young woman in the picture appears to be in mourning, and returning from a grave or chapel of rest – but what is the significance of the small red bag or purse that she is holding? Or is it a Bible or Prayer Book?
The card is addressed to : Miss N. Hughes – 4, Poplar Grove, Seaforth, Liverpool, is postmarked Croeslan and dated 2nd August 1909. It is unsigned and reads –
I have been wondering a great deal how you are getting on. Shall be very glad to see you home. Ceridio (?) & myself never went near the picnic after all.”
Croeslan is a small village in rural Ceredigion. Seaforth – in those days – was a fairly genteel seaside town (the childhood home of W.E. Gladstone). I’d guess the sender of the card was Nesta’s mother. But beyond that I think we can only speculate.
(And what might have happened at that picnic?)