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First Line: They came to honor her (too late for praise
Last Line: A talisman against defeat and fears.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


They came to honor her (too late for praise);
The flower-scented air caressed her face;
Light, reaching through the window's colored glaze
With radiant fingers, touched her resting-place.

In oaken pews with solemn mien they sat,
Some in their youth and others bowed with years,
Their prayer-books in their hands; one held his hat;
The cheeks of one young face were wet with tears.

Not grief nor praise nor loving friends' acclaim
Could touch her now or re-create those years
That had been hers, but love had made her name
A talisman against defeat and fears.





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