Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE HEREAFTER, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY

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First Line: Hereafter, o we need not
Last Line: The mute beyond is just.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Death; Happiness; Tears; Dead, The; Joy; Delight

HEREAFTER! O we need not waste
Our smiles or tears, whate'er befall:
No happiness but holds a taste
Of something sweeter, after all; --
No depth of agony but feels
Some fragment of abiding trust, --
Whatever Death unlocks or seals,
The mute beyond is just.

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