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First Line: The spirits of the dead are with us still
Last Line: Transfigured, lighted from the eternal shores.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


The spirits of the dead are with us still;
Part of our being, instinct to our life,
Familiars light and dark; all space is rife
With influences that mould our plastic will,
Unseen yet felt, unknown yet guessed at, till
Death plucks away the mask of flesh, or strife
Of soul wears out the body as a knife
Frets through its sheath then feels a naked thrill.

For nature wars within us with a sense
Mysterious, conjoined, yet not of her,
Subduing yet subdued; but when the tense
Bond of their union slackens, then the whirr
Of the soul's wings is heard, our essence soars
Transfigured, lighted from the eternal shores.





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