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  Weep Not For Those  

 

Weep not for those whom the veil of the tomb,
    In life's happy morning, hath hid from our eyes,
Ere sin threw a blight o'er the spirit's young bloom,
    Or earth had profaned what was born for the skies.
Death chilled the fair fountain, ere sorrow had stained it;
    'Twas frozen in all the pure light of its course,
And but sleeps till the sunshine of Heaven has unchained it,
    To water that Eden where first was its source.
Weep not for those whom the veil of the tomb,
    In life's happy morning, hath hid from our eyes,
Ere sin threw a blight o'er the spirit's young bloom,
    Or earth had profaned what was born for the skies.

Mourn not for her, the young Bride of the Vale,[1]
    Our gayest and loveliest, lost to us now,
Ere life's early lustre had time to grow pale,
    And the garland of Love was yet fresh on her brow.
Oh, then was her moment, dear spirit, for flying
    From this gloomy world, while its gloom was unknown--
And the wild hymns she warbled so sweetly, in dying,
    Were echoed in Heaven by lips like her own.
Weep not for her--in her springtime she flew
    To that land where the wings of the soul are unfurled;
And now, like a star beyond evening's cold dew,
    Looks radiantly down on the tears of this world.

       - Sir Thomas Moore


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