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First Line: Loud is the vale! The voice is up
Last Line: Then wherefore should we mourn?
Subject(s): Fox, Charles James (1749-1806)

LOUD is the Vale! the Voice is up
With which she speaks when storms are gone,
A mighty unison of streams!
Of all her Voices, One!
Loud is the Vale; -- this inland Depth
In peace is roaring like the Sea
Yon star upon the mountain-top
Is listening quietly.
Sad was I, even to pain deprest,
Importunate and heavy load!
The Comforter hath found me here,
Upon this lonely road;
And many thousands now are sad --
Wait the fulfilment of their fear;
For he must die who is their stay,
Their glory disappear.
A Power is passing from the earth
To breathless Nature's dark abyss;
But when the great and good depart
What is it more than this --
That Man, who is from God sent forth,
Doth yet again to God return? --
Such ebb and flow must ever be,
Then wherefore should we mourn?

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