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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
VI. Consolation
Christus Consolator
Rossiter Worthington Raymond (1840–1918)
BESIDE the dead I knelt for prayer,
    And felt a presence as I prayed.
Lo! it was Jesus standing there.
    He smiled: “Be not afraid!”
“Lord, Thou hast conquered death we know;        5
    Restore again to life,” I said,
“This one who died an hour ago.”
    He smiled: “She is not dead!”
“Asleep then, as thyself did say;
    Yet thou canst lift the lids that keep        10
Her prisoned eyes from ours away!”
    He smiled: “She doth not sleep!”
“Nay then, tho’ haply she do wake,
    And look upon some fairer dawn,
Restore her to our hearts that ache!”        15
    He smiled: “She is not gone!”
“Alas! too well we know our loss,
    Nor hope again our joy to touch,
Until the stream of death we cross.”
    He smiled: “There is no such!”        20
“Yet our belovèd seem so far,
    The while we yearn to feel them near,
Albeit with Thee we trust they are.”
    He smiled: “And I am here!”
“Dear Lord, how shall we know that they        25
    Still walk unseen with us and Thee,
Nor sleep, nor wander far away?”
    He smiled: “Abide in Me.”

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