Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (18071882). Complete Poetical Works. 1893.
Ballads and Other Poems
I would like to be burned, not buried, Mr. Longfellow notes, and in a letter to Mr. Ward, who had the poem in his hands for publication, he writes: I here add a concluding stanza for Gods-Acre, which I think improves the piece and rounds it off more perfectly than before,the thought no longer resting on the cold furrow, but on the waving harvest beyond:
Green gate of Paradise! let in the sun!
Unclose thy portals, that we may behold
Those fields elysian, where bright rivers run,
And waving harvests bend like seas of gold.
The poem was published with this additional stanza in The Democratic Review for December, 1841, but when it came to be added to the volume the stanza was dropped.