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[302] No sound should break the quietude
     Alike of earth and sky;
O wandering wind in Seabrook wood,
     Breathe but a half-heard sigh!

Sing softly, spring-bird, for her sake;
     And thou not distant sea,
Lapse lightly as if Jesus spake,
     And thou wert Galilee!

For all her quiet life flowed on
     As meadow streamlets flow,
Where fresher green reveals alone
     The noiseless ways they go.

From her loved place of prayer I see
     The plain-robed mourners pass,
With slow feet treading reverently
     The graveyard's springing grass.

Make room, O mourning ones, for me,
     Where, like the friends of Paul,
That you no more her face shall see
     You sorrow most of all.

Her path shall brighten more and more
     Unto the perfect day;
She cannot fail of peace who bore
     Such peace with her away.

O sweet, calm face that seemed to wear
     The look of sins forgiven!
O voice of prayer that seemed to bear
     Our own needs up to heaven!

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