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     To fuller stature; though the shock was keen
That severed you from us, how oft below
     Hath sorest parting smitten but to show
True hearts their hidden wealth that quickly grow
     The closer for that anguish,—friend to friend
Revealed more clear,—and what is Death to rend
     The ties of life and love, when He must fade
In light of very Life, when He must bend
     To love, that, loving, loveth to the end?

I do not deem ye look
     Upon us now, for be it that your eyes
Are sealed or clear, a burden on them lies
     Too deep and blissful for their gaze to brook
Our troubled strife; enough that once ye dwelt
     Where now we dwell, enough that once ye felt
As now we feel, to bid you recognize
     Our claim of kindred cherished though unseen;
And Love that is to you for eye and ear
     Hath ways unknown to us to bring you near,—
To keep you near for all that comes between;
     As pious souls that move in sleep to prayer,
As distant friends, that see not, and yet share
     (I speak of what I know) each other's care,
So may your spirits blend with ours Above
     Ye know not haply of our state, yet Love
Acquaints you with our need, and through a way
     More sure than that of knowledge—so ye pray!

And even thus we meet,
     And even thus we commune spirits freed
And spirits fettered mingle, nor have need
     To seek a common atmosphere, the air
Is meet for either in this olden, sweet,
     Primeval breathing of Man's spirit,—Prayer!

I give, in conclusion, a portion of one of her most characteristic poems, The Reconciler-

Our dreams are reconciled,
     Since Thou didst come to turn them all to Truth;
The World, the Heart, are dreamers in their youth
     Of visions beautiful, and strange and wild;

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