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To my friend on the death of his Sister.

Sophia Sturge, sister of Joseph Sturge, of Birmingham, the President of the British Complete Suffrage Association, died in the 6th month, 1845. She was the colleague, counsellor, and ever-ready helpmate of her brother in all his vast designs of beneficence. The Birmingham Pilot says of her: ‘Never, perhaps, were the active and passive virtues of the human character more harmoniously and beautifully blended than in this excellent woman.’

thine is a grief, the depth of which another
     May never know;
Yet, o'er the waters, O my stricken brother!
     To thee I go.

I lean my heart unto thee, sadly folding
     Thy hand in mine;
With even the weakness of my soul upholding
     The strength of thine.

I never knew, like thee, the dear departed;
     I stood not by
When, in calm trust, the pure and tranquil-hearted
     Lay down to die.

And on thy ears my words of weak condoling
     Must vainly fall:
The funeral bell which in thy heart is tolling,
     Sounds over all!

I will not mock thee with the poor world's common
     And heartless phrase,

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