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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
The Last Farewell
By Edward Bliss Emerson (1805–1834)
 
FAREWELL, ye lofty spires
That cheered the holy light!
Farewell, domestic fires
That broke the gloom of night!
Too soon these spires are lost,        5
Too fast we leave the bay,
Too soon by ocean tost
From hearth and home away,
            Far away, far away.
 
Farewell, the busy town,        10
The wealthy and the wise,
Kind smile and honest frown
From bright, familiar eyes.
All these are fading now;
Our brig hastes on her way;        15
Her unremembering prow
Is leaping o’er the sea,
            Far away, far away.
 
Farewell, my mother fond,
Too kind, too good to me,        20
Nor pearl, nor diamond
Would pay my debt to thee;
But even thy kiss denies
Upon my cheek to stay.
The winged vessel flies,        25
And billows round her play,
            Far away, far away.
 
Farewell, my brothers true,
My betters, yet my peers,
How desert without you        30
My few and evil years!
But though aye one in heart,
Together sad or gay,
Rude ocean doth us part,
We separate to-day,        35
            Far away, far away.
 
Farewell I breathe again
To dim New England’s shore:
My heart shall beat not when
I pant for thee no more.        40
In yon green palmy isle,
Beneath the tropic ray,
I murmur never while
For thee and thine I pray:
            Far away, far away.        45
 
 
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