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[31] Nor laughing girl, nor bearding boy,
     Nor full-pulsed manhood, lingering here,
Shall add, to life's abounding joy,
     The charmed repose to suffering dear.

Still waits kind Nature to impart
     Her choicest gifts to such as gain
An entrance to her loving heart
     Through the sharp discipline of pain.

Forever from the Hand that takes
     One blessing from us others fall;
And, soon or late, our Father makes
     His perfect recompense to all!

Oh, watched by Silence and the Night,
     And folded in the strong embrace
Of the great mountains, with the light
     Of the sweet heavens upon thy face,

Lake of the Northland! keep thy dower
     Of beauty still, and while above
Thy solemn mountains speak of power,
     Be thou the mirror of God's love.

1853.

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