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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
John Godfrey Saxe. 1816–1887
 
117. Bereavement
 
NAY, weep not, dearest, though the child be dead; 
  He lives again in Heaven's unclouded life, 
With other angels that have early fled 
  From these dark scenes of sorrow, sin, and strife. 
Nay, weep not, dearest, though thy yearning love         5
  Would fondly keep for earth its fairest flowers, 
And e'en deny to brighter realms above 
  The few that deck this dreary world of ours: 
Though much it seems a wonder and a woe 
  That one so loved should be so early lost,  10
And hallowed tears may unforbidden flow 
  To mourn the blossom that we cherished most, 
Yet all is well; God's good design I see, 
That where our treasure is, our hearts may be! 
 
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