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SENT TO HEAVEN.
HAD a Message to send her,
To her whom my soul loved best; But I had my task to finish, And she was gone home to rest.
To rest in the far bright heaven:
Oh, so far away from here,
For I knew she could not hear!
I had a message to send her,
I longed for an Angel to bear it,
I placed it, one summer evening,
But it faded in golden splendour,
I gave it the Lark next morning,
But its pinions grew faint and weary,
To the heart of a Rose I told it;
And the perfume, sweet and rare, Growing faint on the blue bright ether,
Was lost in the balmy air.
I laid it upon a Censer,
And I saw the incense rise;
But its clouds of rolling silver
I cried, in my passionate longing :—
Who will carry my love the message
Then I heard a strain of music,
That my very sorrow was silent,
And I felt, in my soul's deep yearning, At last the sure answer stir :—"The music will go up to Heaven, And carry my thought to her."
It rose in harmonious rushing
Of mingled voices and strings, And I tenderly laid my message
On the Music's outspread wings.
I heard it float farther and farther,
Farther than sight can follow,
And I know that at last my message
So my heart is no longer restless,
EVER again!" vow hearts when reunited, "Never again shall Love be cast aside; For ever now the shadow has departed; Nor bitter sorrow, veiled in scornful pride, Shall feign indifference, or affect disdain,— Never, oh Love, again, never again!"
"Never again!" so sobs, in broken accents, A soul laid prostrate at a holy shrine,—
"Once more, once more forgive, oh Lord, and pardon, My wayward life shall bend to love divine;
And never more shall sin its whiteness stain,—
Never, oh God, again, never again!"
"Never again!" so speaketh one forsaken, In the blank desolate passion of despair,— "Never again shall the bright dream I cherished
Delude my heart, for bitter truth is there,— The angel, Hope, shall still thy cruel pain Never again, my heart, never again!"
"Never again!" so speaks the sudden silence, When round the hearth gathers each well-known face,—
But one is missing, and no future presence,
For ever shall the burning thought remain,—
"Never, beloved, again! never again!"
"Never again!" so—but beyond our hearing— Ring out far voices fading up the sky;
Never again shall earthly care and sorrow
Weigh down the wings that bear those souls on high;
Listen, oh earth, and hear that glorious strain,—
"Never, never again! never again!"