Philip Barton Key

WHO DEPARIED THIS LIFE JULY THE 18 TH , 1815.

I F nature's richest gifts could ever,
If genius, wit, and eloquence, could charm,
If grief of sorrowing friends, or anguish wild
That wrings the widow's and the orphan's heart,
Could sooth stern death, and stay th' uplifted stroke,
Long had this victim of his wrath been spared.

Mourning survivors! let all care give place
To that great care that most demands your thoughts:
The care that brings the troubled soul to Christ;
Fix there your hopes. There is, beyond the grave,
A life of bliss, where death shall never more
Part you from joys that know no bound nor end.
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