MEETING OF MY DEPARTED MOTHER AND HUSBAND
"Joy for thee, happy friend! thy bark is past The dangerous sea, and safely moored at last —
12Beyond rough foam. Soft gales celestial, in sweet music bore — Spirit emancipate for this far shore —
15Thee to thy home.
"You've travelled long, and far from mortal joys, To Soul's diviner sense, that spurns such toys,
18Brave wrestler, lone. Now see thy ever-self; Life never fled; Man is not mortal, never of the dead:
21The dark unknown.
"When hope soared high, and joy was eagle-plumed, Thy pinions drooped; the flesh was weak, and doomed
24To pass away. But faith triumphant round thy death-couch shed Majestic forms; and radiant glory sped
27The dawning day.
1"Intensely grand and glorious life's sphere, — Beyond the shadow, infinite appear
3Life, Love divine, — Where mortal yearnings come not, sighs are stilled, And home and peace and hearts are found and filled,
6Thine, ever thine.
"Bearest thou no tidings from our loved on earth, The toiler tireless for Truth's new birth
9All-unbeguiled? Our joy is gathered from her parting sigh: This hour looks on her heart with pitying eye, —
12What of my child?"
"When, severed by death's dream, I woke to Life, She deemed I died, and could not know the strife
15At first to fill That waking with a love that steady turns To God; a hope that ever upward yearns,
18Bowed to His will.
"Years had passed o'er thy broken household band, When angels beckoned me to this bright land,
21With thee to meet. She that has wept o'er thee, kissed my cold brow, Rears the sad marble to our memory now,
24In lone retreat.