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Poem by Henry Livingston
To the Memory of Henry Welles Livingston
A gentle spirit now above Once animated what lies here Till heav’n announc’d in tenderest love ”Ascend Immortal to yon sphere.” The lambkin at the great behest Gave up its life without one groan; When lo! In robes supernal drest He found the bright abodes his own! Most glorious and delightful scenes Rush’d full upon his raptur’d sense; Beyond what fancy ever dreams, Or Eden knew in innocence. Adieu! Adieu! My sweest boy, Adieu till life’s vain dream be o’er; Then with a parent’s keenest joy I’ll cling to Thee to part no more.
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