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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882). Complete Poetical Works. 1893.

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Poems. Bayard Taylor

DEAD he lay among his books!

The peace of God was in his looks.

As the statues in the gloom

Watch o’er Maximilian’s tomb,

So those volumes from their shelves

Watched him, silent as themselves.

Ah! his hand will nevermore

Turn their storied pages o’er;

Nevermore his lips repeat

Songs of theirs, however sweet.

Let the lifeless body rest!

He is gone, who was its guest;

Gone, as travellers haste to leave

An inn, nor tarry until eve.

Traveller! in what realms afar,

In what planet, in what star,

In what vast, aerial space,

Shines the light upon thy face?

In what gardens of delight

Rest thy weary feet to-night?

Poet! thou, whose latest verse

Was a garland on thy hearse;

Thou hast sung, with organ tone,

In Deukalion’s life, thine own;

On the ruins of the Past

Blooms the perfect flower at last.

Friend! but yesterday the bells

Rang for thee their loud farewells;

And to-day they toll for thee,

Lying dead beyond the sea;

Lying dead among thy books,

The peace of God in all thy looks!