"Happy is the man
who hasthat hath a Sister, thatwho with her tender lover and care, cheers him ever on thro' the intricate paths of life. And thrice happy is he to be able to recall the day on which she came into this world to bless him with a sight of her dear dear face".
How joyful am I my Sister
To congratulate thee "This day".
For thy love to me my Sister;
Has been a sweet solace and stay.
For my dear Sister Lizzie
on her birthday. 23rd August 1875.
Edmund C Hemming.
In handing antiquarian books, you occasionally run into personal memorabilia that give a glimpse into the lives of their long-dead owners. I just ran into the above dedication (click to enlarge) in an undated Gall & Inglis hardback edition of the collected works of Longfellow.
I don't know the provenance of the book, but the names and date are probably specific enough to trace from census data who Edmund and Lizzie were.