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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. Bereavement
By John Godfrey Saxe (1816–1887)
NAY, weep not, dearest, though the child be dead;
  He lives again in heaven’s unclouded life,
With other angels that have early fled
  From these dark scenes of sorrow, sin, and strife;
Nay, weep not, dearest, though thy yearning love        5
  Would fondly keep for earth its fairest flowers,
And e’en deny to brighter realms above
  The few that deck this dreary world of ours:
Though much it seems a wonder and a woe
  That one so loved should be so early lost,        10
And hallowed tears may unforbidden flow
  To mourn the blossom that we cherished most,—
Yet all is well: God’s good design I see,
That where our treasure is, our hearts may be!

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