Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, PARTING SONG, by ALICE CARY



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PARTING SONG, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The long day is closing
Last Line: Died for me -- is there.
Subject(s): Heaven; Paradise


THE long day is closing,
Ah, why should you weep?
'T is thus that God gives
His beloved ones sleep.

I see the wide water
So deep and so black, --
Love waits me beyond it, --
I would not go back!

I would not go back
Where its joys scarce may gleam, --
Where even in dreaming
We know that we dream;

For though life filled for me
All measures of bliss,
Has it anything better
Or sweeter than this?

I would not go back
To the torment of fear, --
To the wastes of uncomfort
When home is so near.

Each night is a prison-bar
Broken and gone, --
Each morning a golden gate,
On, -- farther on!

On, on toward the city
So shining and fair;
And He that hath loved me --
Died for me -- is there.





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