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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
V. “The mourners came at break of day”
By Sarah Flower Adams (1805–1848)
THE MOURNERS came at break of day
  Unto the garden-sepulchre;
With darkened hearts to weep and pray,
  For Him, the loved one buried there.
      What radiant light dispels the gloom?        5
      An angel sits beside the tomb.
The earth doth mourn her treasures lost,
  All sepulchred beneath the snow;
When wintry winds, and chilling frost
  Have laid her summer glories low;        10
      The spring returns, the flowerets bloom—
      An angel sits beside the tomb.
Then mourn we not belovèd dead,
  E’en while we come to weep and pray;
The happy spirit far hath fled        15
  To brighter realms of endless day:
      Immortal Hope dispels the gloom!
      An angel sits beside the tomb.

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