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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. V: Literature of the Republic, Part II., 1821–1834
 
In Exitu
By James Gates Percival (1795–1856)
 
[From Poetical Works. Collection of 1859.]

WIFE! I am dying,
Life is departing;
Soon I must leave thee,
  Soon I am gone.
O, wilt thou weep me        5
When I have left thee?
O, wilt thou weep me
  When I am gone?
 
If I have ever
Wronged thee or grieved thee,        10
O now forgive me,
  Ere I am gone!
Sadly I rue it,—
Thou wilt forget it;
O then forgive me,        15
  Ere I am gone!
 
Darkness is round me,
Dimly I see thee;
Life is just closing,
  Soon I am gone.        20
O, thou wilt weep me,
Truly wilt weep me,—
Yes, thou wilt weep me,
  When I am gone.
 
 
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