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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
Sleepy Hollow
By William Ellery Channing (1818–1901)
NO abbey’s gloom, nor dark cathedral stoops,
  No winding torches paint the midnight air;
Here the green pines delight, the aspen droops
  Along the modest pathways, and those fair
Pale asters of the season spread their plumes        5
  Around this field, fit garden for our tombs.
And shalt thou pause to hear some funeral bell
  Slow stealing o’er thy heart in this calm place,
Not with a throb of pain, a feverish knell,
  But in its kind and supplicating grace,        10
It says, Go, pilgrim, on thy march, be more
  Friend to the friendless than thou wast before;
Learn from the loved one’s rest serenity;
  To-morrow that soft bell for thee shall sound,
And thou repose beneath the whispering tree,        15
  One tribute more to this submissive ground;—
Prison thy soul from malice, bar out pride,
  Nor these pale flowers nor this still field deride:
Rather to those ascents of being turn,
  Where a ne’er-setting sun illumes the year        20
Eternal, and the incessant watch-fires burn
  Of unspent holiness and goodness clear,—
Forget man’s littleness, deserve the best,
  God’s mercy in thy thought and life confest.

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