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UPON PERUSING THE FOREGOING EPISTLE THIRTY YEARS AFTER ITS COMPOSITION

          SOON did he Almighty Giver of all rest
          Take those dear young Ones to a fearless nest;
          And in Death's arms has long reposed the Friend
          For whom this simple Register was penned.
          Thanks to the moth that spared it for our eyes;
          And Strangers even the slighted Scroll may prize,
          Moved by the touch of kindred sympathies.
          For--save the calm, repentance sheds o'er strife
          Raised by remembrances of misused life,
          The light from past endeavours purely willed                10
          And by Heaven's favour happily fulfilled;
          Save hope that we, yet bound to Earth, may share
          The joys of the Departed--what so fair
          As blameless pleasure, not without some tears,
          Reviewed through Love's transparent veil of years?


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