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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Miscellaneous Poems.
I. Friends (“Friend after friend departs”)
By James Montgomery (1771–1854)
 
1824

  FRIEND after friend departs:
  Who hath not lost a friend?
There is no union here of hearts,
  Which finds not here an end.
Were this frail world our only rest,        5
Living or dying, none were blest.
 
  Beyond the flight of time,
  Beyond the vale of death,
There surely is some blessèd clime
  Where life is not a breath;        10
Nor life’s affections, transient fire,
Whose sparks fly upwards and expire.
 
  There is a world above,
  Where parting is unknown;
A whole eternity of love,        15
  Form’d for the good alone;
And faith beholds the dying here
Translated to that glorious sphere.
 
  Thus star by star declines,
  Till all are pass’d away;        20
As morning high and higher shines
  To pure and perfect day:
Nor sink those stars in empty night,
They hide themselves in heaven’s own light.
 
 
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