Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ALL SOUL'S EVE, by SAMUEL VALENTINE COLE

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ALL SOUL'S EVE, by                
First Line: The river drags across the plain
Last Line: I will not call you back!
Subject(s): Death; Soul; Dead, The

THE river drags across the plain
Its winding line of black;
But far above I see again
The ever shining track.
O silent dead, O happy souls,
I dare not call you back!

Before my eyes a vision drew
Like sunlight out of space;
I fancied in the shadow grew
One dear familiar face,—
I felt a breath, I heard a voice
Of infinite sweet grace.

Beat not so loud, O heart of mine,
Be calm, O wandering will,
The wind is past, the talking pine
Hath whispered and is still.
All here is as the marbles are
That glimmer on the hill.

But, lo, the singing tides above
Grow full and do not slack;
There mind has light, and heart has love,
With never stint or lack.
Life bears me thither, silent dead;
I will not call you back!

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