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WHEN DEATH SHALL CHILL, &c.
When death shall chill this aged heart,
That time but closer links with thine, And sad tears unforbidden start,
Still let some silent thoughts be mine. Oh think how constant I have proved,
How dearly prized thou wert by me, How sorrow tried, and yet I loved,
And dared the storm, if blessed with thee.
Our love began in early years,
When hearts elate ne'er dream life's day, Though breaking light, may set in tears,
Or fleet with cruel speed away. Our kindred slumber side by side,
Where yonder bending blossoms wave, Grief rent each heart but thine, my bride, And yielded quiet and the grave.
And soon the saddening hour will rise,
And tears will fill those faithful eyes,
When with my friends I slumber too.
Then may thy trembling footsteps stray,
THEY WEPT, &c.
They wept those aged patriots wept,
And burning thoughts, which long had slept,
They well remembered Salem's state,
They saw the second temple rise,
And e'en their age-enfrozen eyes
They thought of many a long passed scene
Captivity hath been their lot
A MOTHER'S GRIEF.
To mark the sufferings of the babe,
Through dreary days and darker nights,
To mark the last dread strife draw near,
And pray that struggle brief, Though all is ended with its closeThis is a mother's grief.
To see in one short hour decayed
To think the cold grave now must close
Of all the treasured joys of earth—
Yet when the first wild throb is past
To lift the eye of faith to heaven,
And think, my child is there!"
ON THE DEATH OF AN INFANT.
With what unknown delight the mother smiled,
Now in her father's house she finds a place; Or if to earth she take a transient flight, 'Tis to fulfil the purpose of his
To guide thy footsteps to the world of light;-
That where she is, there thou may'st also be.
THE CHILD'S FUNERAL.
Calm and warm is the summer sky,