To the Sister of Elia

Comfort thee, oh thou mourner, yet awhile!
Again shall Elia's smile
Refresh thy heart, when heart can ache no more.
What is it we deplore?
He leaves behind him, freed from griefs and years,
Far worthier things than tears:
The love of friends without a single foe,
Unequalled lot below!
His gentle soul, his genius, these are thine;
Shalt thou for those repine?
He may have left the lowly walks of men;
Left them he has—what then?
Are not his footsteps followed by the eyes
Of all the good and wise?
Though the warm day is over, yet they seek,
Upon the lofty peak
Of his pure mind, the roseate light that glows
O'er Death's perennial snows.
Behold him! From the spirits of the blessed
He speaks, he bids thee rest.
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