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Feel Me by May Swenson

“Feel me to do right,” our father said on his deathbed. We did not quite know—in fact, not at all—what he meant. His last whisper was spent as through a slot in a wall. He left us a key, but … Continue reading

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Death, Always Cruel by Dante

Mother who brought forth grief, Merciless judgment and without appeal! Since thou alone hast made my heart to feel This sadness and unweal, My tongue upbraideth thee without relief. And now (for I must rid thy name of ruth) Behoves … Continue reading

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A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London by Dylan Thomas

Never until the mankind making Bird beast and flower Fathering and all humbling darkness Tells with silence the last light breaking And the still hour Is come of the sea tumbling in harness And I must enter again the round … Continue reading

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Encouragement by Emily Jane Brontë

I do not weep; I would not weep; Our mother needs no tears: Dry thine eyes, too; ’tis vain to keep This causeless grief for years. What though her brow be changed and cold, Her sweet eyes closed for ever? … Continue reading

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Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins

To a young child Margaret, are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving? Leaves, like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can you? Ah! as the heart grows older It will come to such sights colder By … Continue reading

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In Memoriam A.H.H. by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Preface Strong Son of God, immortal Love, Whom we, that have not seen thy face, By faith, and faith alone, embrace, Believing where we cannot prove; Thine are these orbs of light and shade; Thou madest Life in man and … Continue reading

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