Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ENVOI: DEATH (2), by GEORGE BARLOW (1847-1913)

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ENVOI: DEATH (2), by                
First Line: Yes: this is the great crown of life, to know
Last Line: What touched my forehead?—ah, the spray, the spray!
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The

Yes: this is the great crown of life,—to know
That death is nearer:—twelve years nearer me
Than when the sunlight filled that Northern sea
With glory infinite, and passion's glow
Fell over the blue waters. Even so,
Death, calm-browed God and Lord, I wait for thee:
With those I love, Lord, I would also be;
For one by one my loved ones, smiling, go.

And I shall follow. I am nearer those
Who have died and left me,—nearer every day.
Soon I shall join the unspeakable repose
Of mighty souls and true who have passed away.
Straight from death's sea to-night the sea-wind blows:
What touched my forehead?—Ah, the spray, the spray!

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