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[317] Sorrow is real; but the counterfeit
     Which folly brings to it,
We need thy wit and wisdom to resist,
     O rarest Optimist!

Thy hand, old friend! the service of our days,
     In differing moods and ways,
May prove to those who follow in our train
     Not valueless nor vain.

Far off, and faint as echoes of a dream,
     The songs of boyhood seem,
Yet on our autumn boughs, unflown with spring,
     The evening thrushes sing.

The hour draws near, howe'er delayed and late,
     When at the Eternal Gate
We leave the words and works we call our own,
     And lift void hands alone

For love to fill. Our nakedness of soul
     Brings to that Gate no toll;
Giftless we come to Him, who all things gives,
     And live because He lives.

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