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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Middle States: Wilmington, Del.
St. John’s Church
Anonymous
 
Founded by Alexis I. Du Pont
(Excerpt)

NEVER of dust beneath did sculptured tomb
So eloquently speak as this gray spire
Of thee, O laborer without hire, whose day
Closed with the noon, thy Master calling thee
Straight from the field before thy work was done        5
To rest with him above. Before thy work
Was done? We dare not say of thee, whose life
Was filled to overflowing with good deeds
Who crowded labors in the noontide hour
So vast as this, that aught was left undone.        10
No. Blessed be He who set thee to thy task,
And when the hours of servitude were o’er
Redeemed the promise of our Christ, and called
Thee home to glories of thy heritage.
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