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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
499. Nearer Home
 
By Phœbe Cary
 
 
ONE sweetly solemn thought
  Comes to me o’er and o’er;
I am nearer home to-day
  Than I ever have been before;
 
Nearer my Father’s house,        5
  Where the many mansions be;
Nearer the great white throne,
  Nearer the crystal sea;
 
Nearer the bound of life,
  Where we lay our burdens down;        10
Nearer leaving the cross,
  Nearer gaining the crown!
 
But lying darkly between,
  Winding down through the night,
Is the silent, unknown stream,        15
  That leads at last to the light.
 
Closer and closer my steps
  Come to the dread abysm:
Closer Death to my lips
  Presses the awful chrism.        20
 
Oh, if my mortal feet
  Have almost gained the brink;
If it be I am nearer home
  Even to-day than I think;
 
Father, perfect my trust;        25
  Let my spirit feel in death,
That her feet are firmly set
  On the rock of a living faith!
 

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