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Nor looks to see the breaking day
The truth, to flesh and sense unknown,
And Love can never lose its own.
ANOTHER hand is beckoning us,
Another call is given;
The path which reaches heaven.
The light of her young life went down,
As sinks behind the hill
Clear, suddenly, and still.
Eternal as the sky;
A sound which could not die.
And half we deemed she needed not
The changing of her sphere,
Who walked an angel here.
The blessing of her quiet life
Fell on us like the dew; And good thoughts, where her footsteps pressed,
Like fairy blossoms grew.
There seems a shadow on the day,
Her smile no longer cheers;
that look through tears.
Alone unto our Father's will
One thought hath reconciled : That He whose love exceedeth ours
Hath taken home his child.
Fold her, O Father, in thine arms,
And let her henceforth be A messenger of love between
Our human hearts and thee.
Still let her mild rebuking stand
Between us and the wrong,
Our faith in goodness strong.
Distrusted all her powers,
John G. Whittier.
The Angel of Patience.
Angel of Patience, sent to calm
O thou who mournest on thy way,
John G. Whittier.
After the Burial.
YES, faith is a goodly anchor :
But after the shipwreck, tell me
Then better one spar of memory,
To the spirit its splendid conjectures ;
Immortal? I feel it, I know it:
Console if you will; I can bear it:
It is pagan: but wait till you feel it,That jar of our earth, that dull shock, When the ploughshare of deeper passion Tears down to our primitive rock.
Communion in spirit ? Forgive me;
That little shoe in the corner,
To a Friend after the Loss of a Child. AFTER our child's untroubled breath
Up to the Father took its way, And on our home the shade of death
Like a long twilight haunting lay;
And friends came round, with us to weep
Her little spirit's swift remove,The story of the Alpine sheep
Was told to us by one we love.
They, in the valley's sheltering care,
the meadow's tender prime, And when the sod grows brown and bare
The shepherd strives to make them climb
To airy shelves of pasture green,
That hang along the mountain's side, Where grass and flowers together lean,
And down through mists the sunbeams slide.
But nought can tempt the timid things
The steep and rugged path to try, Though sweet the shepherd calls and sings,
And seared below the pastures lie,
Till in his arms their lambs he takes,
Along the dizzy verge to go,
They follow on, o'er rock and snow.
And in those pastures, lifted fair,
More dewy soft than lowland mead, The shepherd drops his tender care,
And sheep and lambs together feed.
This parable, by nature breathed,
Blew on me as the south wind free
From icy thraldom to the sea.
Would all my happy senses sway,
Or climbing up the stony way.
Holding our little lamb asleep,
While, like the murmur of the sea, Sounded that voice along the deep,
Saying, “ Arise, and follow me!”
The Old Man's Funeral. I saw an aged man upon his bier ;
His hair was thin and white, and on his brow A record of the cares of many a year,
Cares that were ended and forgotten now. And there was sadness round, and faces bowed, And woman's tears fell fast, and children wailed aloud.
Then rose another hoary man, and said,
In faltering accents to that weeping train : “Why mourn ye that our aged friend is dead ?
Ye are not sad to see the gathered grain, Nor when their mellow fruit the orchards cast, Nor when the yellow woods let fall the ripened mast. “Ye sigh not when the sun, his course fulfilled,
His glorious course, rejoicing earth and sky,In the soft evening, when the winds are stilled,
Sinks where his islands of refreshment lie, And leaves the smile of his departure spread O'er the warm-colored heaven and ruddy mountain-head. “Why weep ye then for him, who, having won
The bound of man's appointed years, at last, Life's blessings all enjoyed, life's labors done,
Serenely to his final rest has passed; While the soft memory of his virtues yet Lingers, like twilight hues when the bright sun is set ?