Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, DYING, by RODEN BERKELEY WRIOTHESLEY NOEL

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DYING, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: They are waiting on the shore
Last Line: After noise, tranquillity.
Variant Title(s): The Old
Subject(s): Death; Old Age; Dead, The

THEY are waiting on the shore
For the bark to take them home:
They will toil and grieve no more;
The hour for release hath come.

All their long life lies behind
Like a dimly blending dream:
There is nothing left to bind
To the realms that only seem.

They are waiting for the boat;
There is nothing left to do:
What was near them grows remote,
Happy silence falls like dew;
Now the shadowy bark is come,
And the weary may go home.

By still water they would rest
In the shadow of the tree:
After battle sleep is best,
After noise, tranquillity.

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