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First Line: O doth it walk - that spirit bright and pure
Last Line: For one more look upon my wife and child.
Subject(s): Widows & Widowers


O DOTH it walk-- that spirit bright and pure,
And may it disembodied, ever come
Back to this earth? I do not, dare not hope,
A reappearance of that kindest eye,
Or of that smoothest cheek or sweetest voice, --
But can she see my tears, when I, alone,
Weep by her grave? and may she leave the throng
Where angels minister and saints adore,
To visit this sad earth!
When, as the nights
Of fireside winter gather chilly round,
I kiss our little child, and lay me down
Upon a widowed pillow, doth she leave
Those glorious, holy, heavenly essences,
Those sacred perfumes round the throne on high,
To keep a watch on me? and upon ours?
--Her I did love, and I was loved again, --
And had it been my mortal lot, instead,
I would, were I accepted, ask my God,
For one more look upon my wife and child.






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