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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Ode written for the Consecration of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
By Franklin Benjamin Sanborn (1831–1917)
 
SHINE kindly forth, September sun,
  From heavens calm and clear,
That no untimely cloud may run
  Before thy golden sphere,
To vex our simple rites to-day        5
  With one prophetic tear.
 
With steady voices let us raise
  The fitting psalm and prayer;—
Remembered grief of other days
  Breathes softening in the air:        10
Who knows not Death—who mourns no loss—
  He has with us no share.
 
To holy sorrow—solemn joy,
  We consecrate the place
Where soon shall sleep the maid and boy,        15
  The father and his race,
The mother with her tender babe,
  The venerable face.
 
These waving woods—these valleys low
  Between these tufted knolls,        20
Year after year shall dearer grow
  To many loving souls;
And flowers be sweeter here than blow
  Elsewhere between the poles.
 
For deathless Love and blessèd Grief        25
  Shall guard these wooded aisles,
When either Autumn casts the leaf,
  Or blushing Summer smiles,
Or Winter whitens o’er the land,
  Or Spring the buds uncoils.        30
 
 
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