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Within the flower-lined casket she was laid,
Without a tear, without a moan; The very life blood of my heart seemed stayed
Earth's light to deepest darkness grown.
I laid my darling down without a sigh,
For grief for words was all too deep; My anguished heart could only send one cry:
“O God, in heaven, my darling keep!
“ I cannot lose her; she's my only one;
Oh, let me to her, Lord, I pray!”
Shone on her fair, but lifeless clay.
I know my darling's shining form will wait
Beyond this world, where grief's dark night Enshrouds my saddened life,--at heaven's gate
I'll meet my child where all is light.
In, the wood, love, when we parted,
Birds were singing loud and clear; Silent stood we, broken hearted;
Parting words are hard to hear; Great our love, and great our anguish, Doomed apart to coldly languish!
Must it be forever, love?
All without was gay
us; All within was cold and bleak! Grief and pain in silence bound us;
Parting words are hard to speak! Singing birds, why mock our sorrow? Know ye that we part to-morrow?
Trouble not our last farewell.
Nature knows no pain or sadness;
Bird and flow'r and bee rejoice! Yet I cannot bear their gladness,
And I hate their cheerful voice! Oh, farewell, my love, forever! Widely now our pathways sever,
Never shall we meet again.
A BEAUTIFUL LEGEND.
OFTLY fell the touch of twilight on Judea’s silent
hills; Slowly crept the peace of moonlight o'er Judea's
In the temple's court, conversing, seven elders
sat, apart; Seven grand and hoary sages, wise of head and
pure of heart.
“What's best ?" said Rabbi Judah, he of stern and steadfast
gaze; “Answer, ye whose toils have burdened through the march
of many days."
“To have gained,” said Rabbi Ezra, “decent wealth and
goodly store, Without sin, by honest labor--nothing less and nothing
"To have found,” said Rabbi Joseph-meekness in his gentle
eyes“A foretaste of heaven's sweetness in home's blessed par
A BEAUTIFUL LEGEND.
“To have wealth and power and glory, crowned and bright
ened by the pride Of uprising children's children,” Rabbi Benjamin replied.
“ To have won the praise of nations, to have won the crown
of fame," Rabbi Solomon responded, faithful to his kingly name.
“ To sit throned, the lord of millions, first and noblest in
the land,” Answered haughty Rabbi Asher, youngest of the reverend
"All in vain,” said Rabbi Jairus, “ unless faith and hope
have traced In the soul Mosaic presents, by sin's contact uneffaced.”
Then uprose wise Rabbi Judah, tallest, gravest ví them all. “From the heights of fame and honor even valiant souls may
“Love may fail us; virtue's sapling grow a dry and thorny
rod, If we bear not in our bosoms the unselfish love of God.”
In the outer court sat playing a sad-featured, fair-haired
child; His young eyes seemed wells of sorrow—they were God-like
when he smiled!
One by one he dropped the lilies, softly plucked with child
ish hand; One by one he viewed the sages of that grave and hoary
Step by step he neared them closer, till encircled by the
seven, Then he said, in tones untrembling, with a smile that
breathed of heaven,
“Nay, pay, fathers; only he within the measure of whose
breast Dwells the human love with God-love, can have found life's
“For where one is not the other must grow stagnant at its
spring, Changing good deeds into phantoms-an unmeaning, soui.
“ Whoso holds this precept truly, owns a jewel brighter far Than the joys of home and children--than wealth, fame and
“Fairer than old age thrice honored, far above tradition's
law, Pure as any radiant vision ever ancient prophets saw.
“Only he within the measure -faith apportioned—of whose
breast Throbs the brother-love with God-love, knows the depth of
Wondering gazed they at each other, once broke silence and
“He has spoken words of wisdom no