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First Line: Go not far in the land of light!
Last Line: Wait, my darling, wait.
Subject(s): Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life

Go not far in the land of light!
A little while by the golden gate,
Lest that I lose you out of sight,
Wait, my darling, wait.

Forever now from your happy eyes
Life's scenic picture has passed away;
You have entered into realities,
And I am yet at the play!

Yet at the play of time -- through all,
Thinking of you, and your high estate;
A little while, and the curtain will fall --
Wait, my darling, wait!

Mine is a dreary part to do --
A mask of mirth on a mourning brow;
The chance approval, the flower or two,
Are nothing -- nothing now!

The last sad act is drawing on;
A little while by the golden gate
Of the holy heaven to which you are gone,
Wait, my darling, wait.

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