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IN THE CHAPEL-YARD OF LANGDALE, WESTMORELAND

          BY playful smiles, (alas! too oft
          A sad heart's sunshine, by a soft
          And gentle nature, and a free
          Yet modest hand of charity,
          Through life was OWEN LLOYD endeared
          To young and old; and how revered
          Had been that pious spirit, a tide
          Of humble mourners testified,
          When, after pains dispensed to prove
          The measure of God's chastening love,                       10
          Here, brought from far, his corse found rest,--
          Fulfilment of his own request;--
          Urged less for this Yew's shade, though he
          Planted with such fond hope the tree;
          Less for the love of stream and rock,
          Dear as they were, than that his Flock,
          When they no more their Pastor's voice
          Could hear to guide them in their choice
          Through good and evil, help might have,
          Admonished, from his silent grave,                          20
          Of righteousness, of sins forgiven,
          For peace on earth and bliss in heaven.
                                                              1824.


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