the poem begins, Fenerty writes, "Of a
young man who suddenly died – a friend
called away on the threshold of manhood."
The poem is undated, and does not say who it
was intended for.
Fenerty and Robert R.J. Emmerson were good friends.
Both Emmerson and Fenerty were active in church
life together as records show. Robert had an
younger brother named Harry Emmerson. On May
27, 1886 Harry died at the young age of 21.
It's likely this poem was written for him, and
may have inspired the famous Stewart
Manuscript. However little is known about