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NOVEMBER 1836

          EVEN so for me a Vision sanctified
          The sway of Death; long ere mine eyes had seen
          Thy countenance--the still rapture of thy mien--
          When thou, dear Sister! wert become Death's Bride:
          No trace of pain or languor could abide
          That change:--age on thy brow was smoothed--thy cold
          Wan cheek at once was privileged to unfold
          A loveliness to living youth denied.
          Oh! if within me hope should e'er decline,
          The lamp of faith, lost Friend! too faintly burn;           10
          Then may that heaven-revealing smile of thine,
          The bright assurance, visibly return:
          And let my spirit in that power divine
          Rejoice, as, through that power, it ceased to mourn.


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