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A Memorial.

Moses Austin Cartland, a dear friend and relation, who led a faithful life as a teacher and died in the summer of 1863.

Oh, thicker, deeper, darker growing,
     The solemn vista to the tomb
Must know henceforth another shadow,
     And give another cypress room.

In love surpassing that of brothers,
     We walked, O friend, from childhood's day;
And, looking back o'er fifty summers,
     Our footprints track a common way.

One in our faith, and one our longing
     To make the world within our reach
Somewhat the better for our living,
     And gladder for our human speech.

Thou heard'st with me the far-off voices,
     The old beguiling song of fame,
But life to thee was warm and present,
     And love was better than a name.

To homely joys and loves and friendships
     Thy genial nature fondly clung;
And so the shadow on the dial
     Ran back and left thee always young.

And who could blame the generous weakness
     Which, only to thyself unjust,
So overprized the worth of others,
     And dwarfed thy own with self-distrust?

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