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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXXIV. Compensation
From ‘In Memory of James T. Fields’
By John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
 
AS a guest who may not stay
Long and sad farewells to say
Glides with smiling face away,
 
Of the sweetness and the zest
Of thy happy life possessed        5
Thou hast left us at thy best….
 
Keep for us, O friend, where’er
Thou art waiting, all that here
Made thy earthly presence dear;
 
Something of thy pleasant past        10
On a ground of wonder cast,
In the stiller waters glassed!
 
Keep the human heart of thee;
Let the mortal only be
Clothed in immortality.        15
 
And when fall our feet as fell
Thine upon the asphodel,
Let thy old smile greet us well;
 
Proving in a world of bliss
What we fondly dream in this,—        20
Love is one with holiness!
 
 
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