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DEAD.

ALMA LATTIN.

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!”
But oh! the golden light of setting sun

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.

PARTING.

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

around

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.

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OFTLY fell the touch of twilight on Judea’s silent

hills; Slowly crept the peace of moonlight o'er Judea's

trembling rills.

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

more."

"To have found,” said Rabbi Joseph-meekness in his gentle

eyesA foretaste of heaven's sweetness in home's blessed par

adise.”

A BEAUTIFUL LEGEND.

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“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

band.

"All in vain,” said Rabbi Jairus, “ unless faith and hope

have traced In the soul Mosaic presents, by sin's contact uneffaced.”

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Then uprose wise Rabbi Judah, tallest, gravest ví them all. “From the heights of fame and honor even valiant souls may

fall.

“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

band.

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

truest rest;

“For where one is not the other must grow stagnant at its

spring, Changing good deeds into phantoms-an unmeaning, soui.

less thing.

“ Whoso holds this precept truly, owns a jewel brighter far Than the joys of home and children--than wealth, fame and

glory are;

“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

perfect rest.”

Wondering gazed they at each other, once broke silence and

no more:

man

“He has spoken words of wisdom no

before!"

ever spake

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