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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
September 7
Sidney Lanier
By William Hamilton Hayne (1856–1929)
 
(Died September 7, 1882)

LIFE’S fragile bonds united
  By fine-spun webs of breath,
Scarce quivered ’neath the mystic stroke—
  The unsheathed sword of Death!
 
O poet, preen thy pinions!        5
  Soar through Faith’s radiant pass;
The mists of pain fade from thy soul,
  As frost-films from a glass.
 
Thy worn, white body slumbers,
  Dreamless in Death’s dark keep:—        10
The drawbridge crossed, thy spirit feels
  No lethargy of sleep….
 
O Music, mother of soft sounds,
  Let not thy tongue be mute!
For he, through silver lips, evoked        15
  The language of the flute.
 
And Nature, though her voice is dumb,
  Through dew-draped blades of corn,
Shall shed, ’mid Southern fields of grain,
  Memorial tears at morn.        20
 
 
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