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[384] And one, whose call was to minister
     To the souls in prison, beside him went,
An ancient woman, bearing with her
     The linen shroud for his burial meant.
For she, not counting her own life dear,
     In the strength of a love that cast out fear,
Had watched and served where her brethren died,
     Like those who waited the cross beside.

One moment they paused on their way to look
     On the martyr graves by the Common side,
And much scourged Wharton of Salem took
     His burden of prophecy up and cried:
“Rest, souls of the valiant! Not in vain
     Have ye borne the Master's cross of pain;
Ye have fought the fight, ye are victors crowned,
     With a fourfold chain ye have Satan bound!”

The autumn haze lay soft and still
     On wood and meadow and upland farms;
On the brow of Snow Hill the great windmill
     Slowly and lazily swung its arms;
Broad in the sunshine stretched away,
     With its capes and islands, the turquoise bay;
And over water and dusk of pines
     Blue hills lifted their faint outlines.

The topaz leaves of the walnut glowed,
     The sumach added its crimson fleck,
And double in air and water showed
     The tinted maples along the Neck;
Through frost flower clusters of pale star-mist,
     And gentian fringes of amethyst,

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