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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXIX. The Happy Dead
Epitaph on Mrs. Clarke
By Thomas Gray (1716–1771)
 
LO! where the silent marble weeps,
A friend, a wife, a mother sleeps:
A heart within whose sacred cell
The peaceful virtues loved to dwell.
Affection warm, and faith sincere,        5
And soft humanity were there.
In agony, in death resign’d,
She felt the wound she left behind.
Her infant image here below
Sits smiling on a father’s woe:        10
Whom what awaits, while yet he strays
Along the lonely vale of days?
A pang, to secret sorrow dear;
A sigh; an unavailing tear;
Till time shall every grief remove,        15
With life, with memory, and with love.
 
 
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