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(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

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A PÆan

How shall the burial rite be read?
The solemn song be sung ?
The requiem for the loveliest dead,
That ever died so young?

II.

Her friends are gazing on her,
And on her gaudy bier,
And weep ! - oh! to dishonor
Dead beauty with a tear!

III.

They loved her for her wealth -
And they hated her for her pride -
But she grew in feeble health,
And they love her - that she died.

IV.

They tell me (while they speak
Of her 'costly broider'd pall')
That my voice is growing weak -
That I should not sing at all -

V.

Or that my tone should be
Tun'd to such solemn song
So mournfully - so mournfully,
That the dead may feel no wrong.

VI.

But she is gone above,
With young Hope at her side,
And I am drunk with love
Of the dead, who is my bride. -

VII.

Of the dead - dead who lies
All perfum'd there,
With the death upon her eyes,
And the life upon her hair.

VIII.

Thus on the coffin loud and long
I strike - the murmur sent
Through the grey chambers to my song,
Shall be the accompaniment.

IX.

Thou died'st in thy life's June -
But thou did'st not die too fair:
Thou did'st not die too soon,
Nor with too calm an air.

X.

From more than fiends on earth,
Thy life and love are riven,
To join the untainted mirth
Of more than thrones in heaven -

XII.

Therefore, to thee this night
I will no requiem raise,
But waft thee on thy flight,
With a Pæan of old days.

Submitted: Thursday, March 25, 2010


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  • Nancy Gilbert (3/25/2014 9:59:00 PM)

    A paean - a song of joy, praise, or victory

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/25/2014 9:53:00 PM)

    .............beautifully poignant.....wish I could write like this...

  • Rokie Nokishi (5/26/2013 11:48:00 PM)

    I fall in love with every word of every poem of this master of poetry. Melodramatic, I know I may be but it does not change what is clearly seen

  • Leas Celyn (2/13/2011 12:12:00 AM)

    to know he wrote this from his sorrow and love makes this bittersweet...as always, i deeply love his works

  • Phil Winter (7/29/2010 2:58:00 PM)

    Words that make music and touch the soul!

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