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First Line: Hail to thee, with all good cheer!
Last Line: Thus my hail: good cheer! Good cheer!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Death; Faith; Mourning; Dead, The; Belief; Creed; Bereavement

HAIL to thee, with all good cheer!
Though men say thou liest here
And mourn, all uncomforted.

By thy faith refining mine,
Life still lights those eyes of thine,
As the Autumn atmosphere.

Ever still thy smile appears
As the rainbow of thy tears
O'er thy love's vast firmament.

Thou endurest -- shalt endure,
Purely, as thy song is pure.
Thus my hail: Good cheer! good cheer!

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