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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
Southern States: Goshen Pass, Va.
Through the Goshen Pass
Margaret Junkin Preston (1820–1897)
Matthew F. Maury’s Last Wish

“HOME,—bear me home at last,” he said,
  “And lay me where my dead are lying,
But not while skies are overspread,
  And mournful wintry winds are sighing.
“Wait till the royal march of Spring        5
  Carpets your mountain fastness over,—
Till chattering birds are on the wing,
  And buzzing bees are in the clover.
“Wait till the laurel bursts its buds,
  And creeping ivy flings its graces        10
About the lichened rocks, and floods
  Of sunshine fill the shady places.
“Then, when the sky, the air, the grass,
  Sweet Nature all, is glad and tender,
Then bear me through the Goshen Pass,        15
  Amid its flush of May-day splendor.”
So will we bear him! Human heart
  To the warm Earth’s drew never nearer,
And never stooped she to impart
  Lessons to one who held them dearer.
*        *        *        *        *
His noble living for the ends
  God set him (duty underlying
Each thought, word, action) naught transcends
  In lustre, save his nobler dying.
Do homage, sky, and air, and grass,        25
  All things he cherished, sweet and tender,
As through our gorgeous mountain-pass
  We bear him in the May-day splendor!

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