FATHER DAMIEN, Died May, 1889. The _ drowsy waves wash round that western island, He sleeps the placid sleep that knows no break; The cold earth lies on lips forever silent, Whose music no regrets will reawake. The sun strays o’er the cliffs, the winds are sighing, A note of sadness haunts the pleasant air; The sea-gulls watch the tomb where ho is lying, Dead to emotion—quit, at last, of care. Above the last retreat they laid his head in, “Earth unto earth,” they sang, “dust unto dust.” ... Upon the tufted trees the late leaves redden, And droop, like him, with the tempestuous gust. Out of our sight another star has drifted Through cloudy tracks forlorn, to unknown zones ; The veil that Death has drawn cannot be lifted For a glance—for a smile—for his old familiar tones. O, that our selfish lives to his were equal! That silent Friend who checked our hero’s breath, Sang, perhaps, a’so of a happy requel To sixteen sunless years—a manly death. . . And when perpetual sunshine flames above him, Its glow will wander o’er the troubled past. And to remember Damien is to love him, And thank God that He gave him peace—at last,
M. Euxau, Dunedin,
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In Memoriam., Evening Star, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889, Supplement
In Memoriam. Evening Star, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889, Supplement
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