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A SOLDIER'S GRAVE, by                    
First Line: Break not his sweet repose
Last Line: Break not his sweet repose.
Subject(s): Graves; Soldiers; Tombs; Tombstones

BREAK not his sweet repose --
Thou whom chance brings to this sequestered ground,
The sacred yard his ashes close,
But go thy way in silence; here no sound
Is ever heard but from the murmuring pines,
Answering the sea's near murmur;
Nor ever here comes rumor
Of anxious world or war's foregathering signs.
The bleaching flag, the faded wreath,
Mark the dead soldier's dust beneath,
And show the death he chose;
Forgotten save by her who weeps alone,
And wrote his fameless name on this low stone:
Break not his sweet repose.

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