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A Valentine.

While others may be sending loving pictures, which are wending
Very silently and surely their way into thy door,
Let me my thoughts inditing, put them down in simple writing
While the flickering gas is lighting up my paper as of yore;
Shedding forth its radiant light upon my paper as of yore;
May it shine forevermore.

May thy life be free from sorrow, may'st thou never dread the morrow,
May it never bring to the any losses to deplore;
But thy path be strewn with flowers, fresh from nature's blooming
Brightening up thy gloomy hours as they never were before;
Gladdening up thy soul within thee as it never was before,
Is my prayer forevermore.

May thy friends be e'er increasing, and their love for thee unceasing--
May thy troubles all be set aside among the things of yore;
May bright angels round thee hover, and may He His arm throw over
And protect thee in the cover of His love forevermore;
In His boundless, matchless, unremitting love forevermore.
May he leave thee nevermore.

When they lay thee down to slumber, and thou art placed among the number
Of lost but not forgotten loved ones who have journeyed on before,
May the angels, pure and holy, take thy spirit, meek and lowly,
Take it tenderly and slowly to that distant, unknown shore;
To that land of peace and gladness on that lovely Eden shore,
There to live forevermore.

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