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Poem by John Gibson Lockhart


When youthful faith hath fled, 
	Of loving take thy leave; 
Be constant to the dead  
	The dead cannot deceive.

Sweet modest flowers of Spring, 
	How fleet your balmy day!
And Mans brief life can bring 
	No secondary May:

No earthly burst again 
	Of gladness out of gloom,
Fond hope and vision vain, 
	Ungrateful to the tomb.

But tis an old belief
	That on some solemn shore 
Beyond the sphere of grief
	Dear friends shall meet once more:

Beyond the sphere of Time 
	And Sin and Fates control,
Serene in endless prime 
	Of body and of soul.

That creed I fain would keep, 
	That hope Ill not forgo 
Eternal be the sleep 
	Unless to waken so!

John Gibson Lockhart

John Gibson Lockhart's other poems:
  1. On Peter Robertson

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • John Keats Lines ("UNFELT unheard, unseen")
  • William Wordsworth Lines ("STRANGER! this hillock of misshapen stones")
  • Samuel Coleridge Lines ("RICHER than miser oer his countless hoards")
  • Thomas Hood Lines ("Let Us Make a Leap, My Dear")
  • Thomas Hardy Lines ("Before we part to alien thoughts and aims")
  • Samuel Johnson Lines ("Wheresoe'er I turn my view") 1777
  • Francis Thompson Lines ("O tree of many branches! One thou hast")
  • Robert Burns Lines ("I MURDER hate by field or flood") 1790
  • Letitia Landon Lines ("She kneels by the grave where her lover sleeps")
  • Oliver Holmes Lines ("COME back to your mother, ye children, for shame")
  • Joseph Drake Lines ("Day gradual fades, in evening gray")
  • Ebenezer Elliott Lines ("FROM Shirecliffe, oer a silent sea of trees")
  • George Morris Lines ("O Love! the mischief thou hast done!")
  • Thomas Talfourd Lines ("HOW simple in their grandeur are the forms ")
  • John Reade Lines ("I KNELT down as I poured my spirit forth by that gray gate")

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