Mary’s Oxen
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“Mary’s Oxen,” New Era, July 2001, 51

Mary’s Oxen

A tribute to Mary Fielding Smith

It was your privilege to bear silently

the burden of wood and flesh,

to breathe the dust

stirred by hooves and wheel on your trek.

Your mistress urged you on,

and you bravely complied,

as if sensing the approaching Zion

that filled her heart with zeal.