Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1821–1834
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
The Autumn Evening
By William Bourne Oliver Peabody (1799–1847)
[Born in Exeter, N. H., 1799. Died at Springfield, Mass., 1847. Literary Remains. 1850.]

BEHOLD the western evening light!
  It melts in deepening gloom:
So calmly Christians sink away,
  Descending to the tomb.
The wind breathes low; the withering leaf        5
  Scarce whispers from the tree:
So gently flows the parting breath,
  When good men cease to be.
How beautiful on all the hills
  The crimson light is shed!        10
’Tis like the peace the Christian gives
  To mourners round his bed.
How mildly on the wandering cloud
  The sunset beam is cast!
’Tis like the memory left behind        15
  When loved ones breathe their last.
And now, above the the dews of night,
  The yellow star appears:
So faith springs in the hearts of those
  Whose eyes are bathed in tears.        20
But soon the morning’s happier light
  Its glory shall restore;
And eyelids that are sealed in death
  Shall wake to close no more.

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