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First Line: Oft in still night-dreams a departed face
Last Line: Thy power when linked, in this, with thy strong brother -- death!
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


OFT in still night-dreams a departed face
Bends o'er me with sweet earnestness of eye,
Wearing no more of earthly pains a trace,
But all the tender pity that may lie
On the clear brow of Immortality,
Calm, yet profound. Soft rays illume that mien;
Th' unshadowed moonlight of some far-off sky
Around it floats transparently serene
As a pure veil of waters. O rich Sleep!
The spells are mighty in thy regions deep,
To glorify with reconciling breath,
Effacing, brightening, giving forth to shine
Beauty's high truth; and how much more Divine
Thy power when linked, in this, with thy strong brother -- Death!





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