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THE INVOCATION.

WRITTEN AFTER THE DEATH OF A SISTER-IN-LAW.

ANSWER me, burning stars of night!

Where is the spirit gone,
That past the reach of human sight,

Even as a breeze, hath flown?
- And the stars answer'd me—“ We roll

In light and power on high,
But, of the never-dying soul,

Ask things that cannot die !"

Oh! many toned and chainless wind !

Thou art a wanderer free;
Tell me if thou its place canst find,

Far over mount and sea ?
-And the wind murmur'd in reply,

“ The blue deep I have cross’d,
And met its barks and billows high,

But not what thou hast lost!"

Ye clouds that gorgeously repose

Around the setting sun,
Answer! have ye a home for those

Whose earthly race is run?

The bright clouds answer'd—“We depart,

We vanish from the sky;
Ask what is deathless in thy heart

For that which cannot die!"

Speak, then, thou voice of God within !

Thou of the deep low tone! Answer me through life's restless din,

Where is the spirit flown?
-And the voice answer'd—“Be thou still !

Enough to know is given;
Clouds, winds, and stars their task fulfil,

Thine is to trust in Heaven!”

END OF VOL. II.

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