Collected and transcribed by Paula Faris
THE BLIND BOILER MAKER
Fred Smith Bentonville, Ark. January 10, 1960
Reel 321, Item 2
Pardon friends and strangers, if I intrude upon your time,
Just pause and read these verses, and see that I am blind.
I once gazed on the morning sun and saw the early light,
But the Heavenly Father's will is done, I now am in the dark.
My name 'tis Edward Brodrick, I was bom in Illinois.
My parents moved to Iowa when I was but a boy.
I remember well those happy days, the joys that filled my mind,
As I viewed the fields and flowers, but now alas I'm blind.
Strangers, methinks, you'd like to know how I became so blind.
A boiler maker I am by trade; I live in East Des Moines.
For years I worked in McDonald's shop not only for myself,
But for my parents; they were poor and needed all my help.
I earned my bread, it tasted sweet, and I was full of life;
I little knew those happy days would all be changed tonight.
But God, he knoweth what is best; we'll know it by and by,
A sad day came; a sharp iron splint struck me in my right eye.
It grieved me much to lose my sight; it caused me hours of pain,
But I thanked God I'd one bright orb and went to work again.
And scarcely twelve months had passed by, while working in my speed,
A red hot chip struck my left eye; then I was blind indeed!
My mother weeped from day to day; she did not seem the same.
She said, "My boy what shall we do? You n'er shall see again."
Says I, "Dear Mother do not weep; thank God, our laws have made A home for poor blind boys like me. I'll go and learn a trade."
Three years I spent at Venton, that good asylum home.
I learned the trade of making brooms, but money I had none.
So now kind friends just pity me, give me a little help,
I'll some stock and start a shop, then I'll support myself.
And then God surely will reward more than a hundred fold I hope he'll spare your two bright orbs that can't be bought for gold I pray we'll meet again some day in our Father's glorious plan Where the poor are rich and the blind can see, up in that heavenly
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