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A LAST DESIRE, by            
First Line: When I am old and gray, and long for rest
Last Line: Till death and mercy bear my soul above!
Subject(s): Death; God; Dead, The


When I am old and gray, and long for rest,
That restful rest unfound this side the grave,
God grant this boon: the face I love the best,
To watch, till death and dark my eyes enslave.

When I am old and gray, and long for peace
Unknown by him, who mortal discord hears,
God grant that I may hear thy loving voice
Till death and silence seal my listening ears.

And when my ears turn deaf, and eyes grow blind,
And nerves can thrill with naught but pain and love,
Oh! hold my cold hands in thine own dear hand
Till death and mercy bear my soul above!





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