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FRIENDS OF YOUTH, by                    
First Line: I sought you, friends of youth, in sun and shade
Last Line: Triumphantly the echo answered, 'there!'
Alternate Author Name(s): V; Meysey-wigley, Caroline
Subject(s): Friendship; Youth

(I came to the place of my birth and cried, 'The friends of my
youth, whereare they?' and an echo answered, 'Where are they?')

I SOUGHT you, friends of youth, in sun and shade,
By home and hearth -- but, no! ye were not there;
'Where are ye gone, belov'd ones, where?' I said;
I listen'd, and an echo answer'd, 'Where?'

Then silence fell around -- upon a tomb
I sate me down dismay'd at death, and wept;
Over my senses fell a cloud of gloom,
They sank before the myst'ry, and I slept.

I slept -- and then before mine eyes there press'd
Faces that show'd a bliss unknown before;
The loved whom I in life had once possess'd,
Came one by one, till all were there once more.

A light of nobler worlds was round their head,
A glow of better actions made them fair;
'The dead are there,' triumphantly I said,
Triumphantly the echo answered, 'There!'

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