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     Hath my soul won back the gladness,
That was its own before.
     No; I mourned not for the Fairies
When I had seen hopes decay,
     That were sweet unto my spirit
So long; I said, ‘If they, That through shade and sunny weather
     Have twined about my heart,
Should fade, we must go together,
     For we can never part

     But my care was not availing;
I found their sweetness gone;
     I saw their bright tints paling;—
They died; yet I lived on.

“Yet seeking, ever seeking,
     Like the children, I have won
A guerdon all undreamt of
     When first my quest begun,
And my thoughts come back like wanderers,
     Out-wearied, to my breast;
What they sought for long they found not,
     Yet was the Unsought best.
For I sought not out for crosses,
     I did not seek for pain;
Yet I find the heart's sore losses
     Were the spirit's surest gain. “

In A Meditation, the writer ventures, not without awe and reverence, upon that dim, unsounded ocean of mystery, the life beyond:—

aBut is there prayer
     Within your quiet homes, an is there care
For those ye leave behind I would address
     My spirit to this theme in humbleness:
No tongue nor pen hath uttered or made known
     This mystery, and thus I do but guess
At clearer types through lowlier patterns shown;
     Yet when did Love on earth forsake its own
Ye may not quit your sweetness; in the Vine
     More firmly rooted than of old, your wine
Hath freer flow ye have not changed, but grown

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