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First Line: Sit down, sad soul, and count
Last Line: Are thine forever!
Alternate Author Name(s): Cornwall, Barry; Proctor, Bryan Waller
Subject(s): Death; Heaven; Dead, The; Paradise


Sit down, sad soul and count
The moments flying
Come, tell the sweet amount
That 's lost by sighing!
How many smiles? -- a score?
Then laugh, and count no more;
For day is dying!

Lie down, sad soul, and sleep,
And no more measure
The flight of time, nor weep
The loss of leisure;
But here, by this lone stream,
Lie down with us, and dream
Of starry treasure!

We dream: do thou the same;
We love, -- forever;
We laugh, yet few we shame, --
The gentle never.
Stay then, till sorrow dies;
Then -- I hope and happy skies
Are thine forever!




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