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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
278. On a Dead Poet
 
By Frances Sargent Osgood
 
 
THE HAND that swept the sounding lyre
  With more than mortal skill,
The lightning eye, the heart of fire,
  The fervent lip are still!
No more, in rapture or in woe,        5
  With melody to thrill,
        Ah, nevermore!
 
But angel hands shall bring him balm
  For every grief he knew,
And Heaven’s soft harps his soul shall calm        10
  With music sweet and true,
And teach to him the holy charm
  Of Israfel anew,
        Forevermore!
 
Love’s silver lyre he played so well        15
  Lies shattered on his tomb,
But still in air its music-spell
  Floats on through light and gloom;
And in the hearts where soft they fell,
  His words of beauty bloom        20
        Forevermore!
 

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