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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Phoebe Cary. 1824–1871
 
154. Nearer Home
 
ONE sweetly solemn thought 
  Comes to me o'er and o'er; 
I am nearer home to-day 
  Than I ever have been before; 
  
Nearer my Father's house,         5
  Where the many mansions be; 
Nearer the great white throne, 
  Nearer the crystal sea; 
  
Nearer the bound of life, 
  Where we lay our burdens down;  10
Nearer leaving the cross, 
  Nearer gaining the crown! 
  
But lying darkly between, 
  Winding down through the night, 
Is the silent, unknown stream,  15
  That leads at last to the light. 
  
Closer and closer my steps 
  Come to the dread abysm: 
Closer Death to my lips 
  Presses the awful chrism.  20
  
Oh, if my mortal feet 
  Have almost gained the brink; 
If it be I am nearer home 
  Even to-day than I think; 
  
Father, perfect my trust;  25
  Let my spirit feel in death, 
That her feet are firmly set 
  On the rock of a living faith! 
 
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