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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
In Saint Joseph’s
By Thomas William Parsons (1819–1892)
 
[From Circum Præcordia: The Collects of the Holy Catholic Church. 1892.]

WHILE the priest said “perpetua luceat,”
Sprinkling the palms that graced a maiden’s bier,
I felt a light stream in upon my soul;
  And one that near me in the chancel sate,
Who was to the departed soul most dear,        5
Saw the same light as my hand softly stole
  To hers, and suddenly a glory played
Around those palms that seemed to check my breath:
  Even as he prayed for light the darkness fled
To both of us: I looked into her eyes        10
  And saw through tears a raptured look that said
A strength new-born doth in my spirit rise,
  And though before me lies my sister dead
I also feel the life that lives in death.
 
 
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