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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
XV. Protest
A Prayer
By James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)
GOD! do not let my loved one die,
  But rather wait until the time
That I am grown in purity
  Enough to enter Thy pure clime,
Then take me, I will gladly go,        5
So that my love remain below!
O, let her stay! She is by birth
  What I through death must learn to be;
We need her more on our poor earth
  Than Thou canst need in heaven with Thee:        10
She hath her wings already, I
Must burst this earth-shell ere I fly.
Then, God, take me! We shall be near,
  More near than ever, each to each:
Her angel ears will find more clear        15
  My heavenly than my earthly speech;
And still, as I draw nigh to Thee,
Her soul and mine shall closer be.

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