The North American Review (vol. 224)
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THANATOPSIS, OLD AND NEW 567
This bitter cup at first was given
When angry justice frown ' d severe,
And ' tis th ' eternal doom of heaven
That man must view the grave with fear.
Yet a few days, and thee,
The all-beholding sun, shall see no more,
In all his course; nor yet in the cold ground,
Where thy pale form was laid, with many tears,
Nor in th ' embrace of ocean shall exist
Thy image. Earth, that nourished thee, shall claim
Thy growth, to be resolv ' d to earth again;
And, lost each human trace, surrendering up
Thine individual being, shalt thou go
To mix forever with the elements,
To be a brother to th ' insensible rock
And to the sluggish clod, which the rude swain
Turns with his share, and treads upon. The oak
Shall send his roots abroad, and pierce thy mould.
Yet not to thy eternal resting place
Shalt thou retire alone nor couldst thou wish
Couch more magnificent. Thou shalt lie down
With patriarchs of the infant world with kings
The powerful of the earth the wise, the good,
Fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past,
All in one mighty sepulchre. The hills,
Rock-ribb ' d and ancient as the sun, the vales
Stretching in pensive quietness between;
The venerable woods the floods that move
In majesty, and the complaining brooks,
That wind among the meads, and make them green,
Are but the solemn decorations all,
Of the great tomb of man. The golden sun,
The planets, all the infinite host of heaven
Are glowing on the sad abodes of death,
Through the still lapse of ages. All that tread
The globe are but a handful to the tribes
That slumber in its bosom. Take the wings
Of morning and the Borean desert pierce
Or lose thyself in the continuous woods
That veil Oregan, where he hears no sound
Save his own dashings yet the dead are there,
And millions in those solitudes, since first
The flight of years began, have laid them down
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