Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN (READ AT HIS FUNERAL, JANUARY 21, 1908), by HENRY VAN DYKE



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EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN (READ AT HIS FUNERAL, JANUARY 21, 1908), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, quick to feel the lightest touch
Last Line: Are true, -- and true, -- and true!
Alternate Author Name(s): Civis Americanus
Subject(s): Funerals; Stedman, Edmund Clarence (1833-1908); Burials


OH, quick to feel the lightest touch
Of beauty or of truth,
Rich in the thoughtfulness of age,
The hopefulness of youth,
The courage of the gentle heart,
The wisdom of the pure,
The strength of finely tempered souls
To labour and endure!

The blue of springtime in your eyes
Was never quenched by pain;
And winter brought your head the crown
Of snow without a stain.
The poet's mind, the prince's heart,
You kept until the end,
Nor ever faltered in your work,
Nor ever failed a friend.

You followed, through the quest of life,
The light that shines above
The tumult and the toil of men,
And shows us what to love.
Right loyal to the best you knew,
Reality or dream,
You ran the race, you fought the fight,
A follower of the Gleam.

We lay upon your folded hands
The wreath of asphodel;
We speak above your peaceful face
The tender word Farewell!
For well you fare, in God's good care,
Somewhere within the blue,
And know, to-day, your dearest dreams
Are true, -- and true, -- and true!





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