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The Dead

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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How they so softly rest,
All, all the the holy dead,
Unto whose dwelling-place
Now doth my soul draw near!
How they so softly rest,
All in their silent graves,
Deep to corruption
Slowly down sinking!

And they no longer weep,
Here, where complaint is still!
And they no longer feel,
Here, where all gladness flies!
And by the cypresses
Softly o'ershadowed,
Until the Angel
Calls them, they slumber!


Source:

Longfellow's Poetical Works
Copyright 1893
Henry Frowde, London