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First Line: The gates of time swing to: our wisest head
Last Line: With the eternal anywhere at home.
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Dead, The

The gates of time swing to: Our wisest head,
Our soundest heart, our loftiest soul is dead.
But death like this, crowning a long success,
Gives exaltation to our helplessness,
Repeating, louder than all vain lament,
'Gainst death itself the one great argument --
Even this: A man so disciplined in truth,
In freedom, labor, courtesy, and ruth,
So disciplined, amid earth's age-old wars,
To see even here the light of all the stars,
Must be, wherever God will have him come,
With the eternal anywhere at home.

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