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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
By Reginald Heber (1783–1826)
 
WAKE not, O mother, sounds of lamentation;
  Weep not, O widow, weep not hopelessly:
Strong is his arm, the bringer of salvation,
  Strong is the word of God to succor thee.
 
Bear forth the cold corpse slowly, slowly bear him;        5
  Hide his pale features with the sable pall.
Chide not the sad one wildly weeping near him:
  Widowed and childless, she has lost her all.
 
Why pause the mourners? who forbids our weeping?
  Who the dark pomp of sorrow has delayed?        10
Set down the bier: he is not dead, but sleeping.
  “Young man, arise!”—He spake, and was obeyed.
 
Change, then, O sad one, grief to exultation,
  Worship and fall before Messiah’s knee.
Strong was his arm, the bringer of salvation,        15
  Strong was the word of God to succor thee.
 
 
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