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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1078. After Death
By Charles Francis Richardson
WHEN I forth fare beyond this narrow earth,
With all its metes and bounds of now and here,
And brooding clouds of ignorance and fear
That overhung me on my day of birth,
Wherethrough the jocund sun’s perennial mirth        5
Has shone more inly bright each coming year
With some new glory of that outer sphere
Where length and breadth and height are little worth,
Then shall I find that even here below
We guessed the secret of eternity,        10
And learned in years the yearless mystery;
For in our earliest world we came to know
The master-lesson and the riddle’s key:
Unending love unending growth shall be.


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