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Strike, strike your harps! sing loud, ye angel choir,
     And welcome gladly this companion new,
New in the courts of heaven, with youth renewed,
     But long ago, it may be, known to you.

The saint ascending to her own ‘sweet home’
     Claims from no sorrowing hearts a tear or sigh;
We mourn for those who tread earth's pathway still,
     But not for saints triumphant called to die.

Peace to the weary dust whose pain is o'er I
     Joy to the spirit whose long race is run!
God comfort those who wait the summons home,
     Hoping to meet her when their work is done!


Eugene Fuller.

[Lines suggested by the recent death by drowning of Eugene Fuller Esq., brother of Margaret, Countess d'ossoli.]

I knew him not; mine eye had never gazed
     Upon his thoughtful brow:
His name, so musical, I scarce had heard
     To recognize till now.

But neither years nor space will now erase
     From out my heart his name,
For with his sister's it will e'er be linked
     And share her deathless fame:

Since both have found, when homeward tending, rest
     Beneath the foamy wave,
Whereon no marble monument may stand
     To mark their watery grave.

O Sea! wert thou not satisfied to take
     The sister, good and wise,
And bear her with her loved ones to their home,
     Above the starry skies?

Why shouldst thou rend again those mourning hearts,
     O dark and treacherous Sea?
Why bid those hearts forevermore be sad,
     Ocean! at sight of thee?


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