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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
V. Death and Bereavement
Now and Afterwards
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826–1887)
 “Two hands upon the breast, and labor is past.”

“TWO hands upon the breast,
  And labor ’s done;
Two pale feet crossed in rest,—
  The race is won;
Two eyes with coin-weights shut,        5
  And all tears cease;
Two lips where grief is mute,
  Anger at peace:”
So pray we oftentimes, mourning our lot;
God in his kindness answereth not.        10
“Two hands to work addrest
  Aye for his praise;
Two feet that never rest
  Walking his ways;
Two eyes that look above        15
  Through all their tears;
Two lips still breathing love,
  Not wrath, nor fears:”
So pray we afterwards, low on our knees;
Pardon those erring prayers! Father, hear these!        20

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