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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Songs of Day and Night.
IV. The Good Die Not
By Alexander B. Grosart (1835–1899)
 
2 Cor. v. 4; St. John v. 24; Col. iii. 3.

THE GOOD die not; they but undress
  And lay them down to sleep;
They wake anon in blessedness,
  Ev’n whilst for them we weep;
Let Faith ascend within the vail,        5
Nor as disconsolate still wail.
 
The good die not; He went before,
  A mansion to prepare;
And if we only could thus soar,
  We should not shed a tear;        10
Laying aside their chrysalis,
Bless’d are they in that Day of His.
 
The good die not; but disappear
  For the Lord’s “little while”;
Let us now watch; the day draws near,        15
  Shall close the brief exile;
In hope and patience let us wait;
Soon will unclose the Golden Gate.
 
The good die not; an ampler life
  Is theirs where they have gone        20
No more of sin, or grief, or strife,
  Can vex His haven’d one;
“Life more abundant” their reward;
Not lying dead ’neath daisied sward.
 
The good die not; they but undress        25
  And lay them down to sleep;
They wake anon in blessedness,
  Ev’n whilst for them we weep;
Let Faith ascend within the vail,
Nor as disconsolate still wail.        30
 
 
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