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A Note to Mary

I bought your birthday present
Very early this year
And it's been so difficult
To keep it from you, dear.
I always want for you
The nicer things of life
Because I dearly love you 
My sweet, my darling wife.

So, may all the good things
That life may hold in store
Come your way, and yes,
Twice as many more.
May God's eternal blessings
Shine upon your face
Through His everlasting love
And eternal saving grace.

By L. B. Strawn
February 16, 1976

And then I was so wrapped up 
in problems that I didn't give
it to you and didn't wish you 
a happy birthday till today
2-17-76.