Inscription For A Rural Cemetery.

Samuel Griswold Goodrich 1793 ( Ridgefield) – 1860 ( )



Peace to the dead! The forest weaves,
Around your couch, its shroud of leaves;
While shadows dim and silence deep,
Bespeak the quiet of your sleep.
  
Rest, pilgrim, here! Your journey o'er,
Life's weary cares ye heed no more;
Time's sun has set, in yonder west
Your work is done rest, Pilgrim, rest!
  
Rest till the morning hour; wait
Here, at Eternity's dread gate,
Safe in the keeping of the sod,
And the sure promises of God.
  
Dark is your home yet round the tomb,
Tokens of hope sweet flowerets bloom;
And cherished memories, soft and dear,
Blest as their fragrance, linger here!
  
We speak, yet ye are dumb! How dread
This deep, stern silence of the Dead!
The whispers of the Grave, severe,
The listening Soul alone can hear!
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Scheme AABB XXCC DDEE FFGH IIGH
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 716
Words 134
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Samuel Griswold Goodrich

Samuel Griswold Goodrich (August 19, 1793 – May 9, 1860) was an American author, better known under the pseudonym Peter Parley.  more…

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