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THE LAST WORDS OF ST. TELEMACHUS, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a sound of weeping; wherefore weep
Last Line: For ever blest!
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Memory; Praise; Saints; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness

There is a sound of weeping; wherefore weep
That I should sleep?
Oh! wherefore mourn that I at last should be
At liberty?
One only grief yet lingers at my heart --
That we must part:
Part -- ! and perchance we never more may meet
In converse sweet!
The memory of all thy gentle ways,
Kind without praise --
And of thy loving acts, scarce seen before,
Now numbered o'er,
Weigh me to earth clinging about my heart --
And must we part?
Yet still my trust in God shall stedfast be --
By faith I see
Through the long vista of eternal years,
Free from all fears,
Thee by my side in calm unchanging rest,
For ever blest!

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