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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889


By John White Chadwick (1840–1904)

[Born in Marblehead, Mass., 1840. Died in Brooklyn, N. Y., 1904. From A Book of Poems. 1876.—In Nazareth Town. 1883.]

WHEN souls that have put off their mortal gear

Stand in the pure, sweet light of heaven’s day,

And wondering deeply what to do or say,

And trembling more with rapture than with fear,

Desire some token of their friends most dear,

Who there some time have made their happy stay,

And much have longed for them to come that way,

What shall it be, this sign of hope and cheer?

Shall it be tone of voice or glance of eye?

Shall it be touch of hand or gleam of hair

Blown back from spirit-brows by heaven’s air,—

Things which of old we knew our dearest by?

Oh, naught of this; but, if our love is true,

Some secret sense shall cry, ’Tis you and—you!

May, 1876.