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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
The Seaside and the Fireside
By the Fireside.
TAKE them, O Death! and bear away
  Whatever thou canst call thine own!
Thine image, stamped upon this clay,
  Doth give thee that, but that alone!
Take them, O Grave! and let them lie        5
  Folded upon thy narrow shelves,
As garments by the soul laid by,
  And precious only to ourselves!
Take them, O great Eternity!
  Our little life is but a gust        10
That bends the branches of thy tree,
  And trails its blossoms in the dust!

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