Henry O'Meara Ballads of America

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A VANISHED RAY

HEAVEN lent our lives one cheery ray -
   One tinge of dawn to lure our sight
As prelude of a love-lit day,
Whose tint no cloud should bear away -
Then turned its radiance to Bereavement's night.
 
But yet thy nature's morn is bright -
   O tender gleam, not darkly gone,
For thou hast winged thine infant flight
To give back glory of maturer light -
   Sweet baby Soul forever beaming on!
 
A brief and broken ray no more,
   Pure little Life in memory shine -
May glow from glad celestial shore
Thy being's rosy dawn restore -
   Relumined envoy of a day divine!
 
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FLOWERING YEARS CONTENTS A WEDDING GREETING

 

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