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    AUTUMN.   Table of Contents     DAVID AND GOLIATH.

Thompson, Priscilla Jane
Ethiope Lays

- ETHIOPE LAYS.
- TO A DECEASED FRIEND


TO A DECEASED FRIEND


THE veil of Death hath fallen,
Loved one, 'twixt three and me;
Thou art now among the chosen of the Lord;
With heavenly saints immortal,
Enrobed in sanctity,
Thou art chanting with the blest, in sweet accord.
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Oh, ever bright thy image,
Is pictured in my heart,
'Though autumn after autumn now hath flown;
But memories still steal o'er me,
In which thou hast a part,
And I sometimes yearn to rob Death of his own.

Well didst thou keep the promise,
My dying mother craved:
That thou shouldst ever guard her orphan brood;
Oh, blessed foster-mother!
Thy tenderest love, thou gav'st;
And thou ever taught me lessons, pure and good.

Oh Death! why rob so early?
Why snatched thou, her from me--
When I, in wane of childhood, craved her most?
If longer thou hadst spared her--
I could ungrudgingly,
Permitted her to be unto me lost,

Oh many times in blindness--
Have I stumbled as I tread
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The rugged old road, which to me is new,
And I miss thy warm hand's pressure,
And I grieve that thou art dead;
While sad, regretful, tears mine eyes bedew.

But sleep, beloved mother,
Why should'st I grudge thy rest?
For thou indeed has done the "better part;"
A mother to the orphaned,
Of wives the true and best,
My inmost self, can yield thee with glad heart.
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    AUTUMN.   Table of Contents     DAVID AND GOLIATH.