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O Vale of Chester! trod by him so oft,
     Green as thy June turf keep his memory. Let
Nor wood, nor dell, nor storied stream forget,
     Nor winds that blow round lonely Cedarcroft;
Let the home voices greet him in the far,
     Strange land that holds him; let the messages
Of love pursue him o'er the chartless seas
     And unmapped vastness of his unknown star!
Love's language, heard beyond the loud discourse
     Of perishable fame, in every sphere
Itself interprets; and its utterance here
     Somewhere in God's unfolding universe-
Shall reach our traveller, softening the surprise
     Of his rapt gaze on unfamiliar skies!


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