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heaven shall open thence,
And your Redeemer shall recompense!

What worth had virtue, if life were reckoned,
With matter's glimmering spark as checked?
Thou _first Gustavus_! Thou _Great_, the _second_!
Thou free and valiant Engelbrekt!
And all ye sage,
And ye tender hearted,
Extolled an age--
Or forgot departed!
What worth had wisdom and heart and fame,
If but the graveyard had been your aim?

What worth had honor, whose voice imposes:
For love of duty your life to spend,--
If on the favors, foul mob disposes
By fouler leaders, she did depend?
Now beam her features
With peace depicted,
Though time's mere creatures
A sigh inflicted;
For dust of time cannot soil that street
Of starry splendor, where move her feet.

What worth had happiness, joy and gladness,
Those links of love in its purest scope,
If, when they sever, in gloomy sadness,
You could not join them by rays of hope?
What then were life?
But a mental stigma,
An empty strife,
An unsolved enigma!
A heartless, cruel, Uriah note,
Which God, in anger, for mankind wrote.

A hoary Jacob his Joseph loses,
And Jonathan from his David parts,
And woe-filled bosom a grief discloses,
To which no solace the world imparts!
And Rachel, weeping,
Her children mourneth;
Her sorrow keeping
She comfort scorneth!
For, gone forever is all she prized
Which mother's heart could have idolized.

But, God is love--so, with hope, look thither,
Ye hearts despondent, and take relief!
The grain, you laid in the ground to wither,
Shall rise to harvests of golden sheaf.
O! what was born
For your hearts to cherish--
And left forlorn
In the grave to perish,
It is not gone; though it is not there--
The One Eternal of it takes care.

In Him there liveth all life; He proveth
All force, and kindleth so clear all light.
His love embraceth, too, what He moveth
To other homes in His house, so bright.
Let fogs not blind thee,
Thou spirit childly!
Once shall find thee
That hour, when mildly
The Father calls thee. But, in the mean,
Endure and labor, with faith serene!

Like Mary, linger, with holy feeling,
And pray and listen, at Jesu feet!
Like Magdalene, at the cross appealing,
See looks of mercy repentance meet!
Like John, so cling thee
To friend ne'er failing!
His love shall bring thee,
From stress and ailing,
To bliss and freedom, forever nigh,
Within His heavenly realm on high.

Well those, who, noble in will, prevailing,
Have sought the right, and the kindly felt,
Who much have loved, spite of all their failing!
Them much forgiveness shall too be dealt.
They were not rated
The _best_ desired;
But angels stated,
With love untired,
What, in the smallest degree, through them,
Had cheered that world from which they came.

They did adhere to their foremost duty,
To fear the Lord, with a fervent heart;
They cleansed their garments, to stainless beauty,
In blood, that innocence doth impart.
All grief is banished,
All sin remitted,
All anguish vanished,
All weeping quitted--
Their names are kept in their Father's grace,
And weary sink they in His embrace.

They go so peaceful in God to slumber,
They greet so joyful the final day:
No tribulations their rest encumber,
No visitations of fortune's sway.
No longer thwarted,
As earth compels us,
They have departed,
The spirit tells us,
Exchanging thralldom for freedom's gem,
And their achievements shall follow them.

A noble feeling each step impelling,
They gained the home of their Father soon.
That ample city shall be their dwelling,
Whose light depends not on sun and moon:
For greater light,
Than the sun containeth,
Has He, whose might
From the throne there reigneth,
With grace to all in that city stay;
And life and bliss doth His glance convey!

And room for all, who, in faith, are hoping,
For all is room in the Promised Land!
And, like, when fig-trees their buds are oping
You know that summer is near at hand;
Thus, when the chill
Of your evening broaches,
You feel, with thrill,
That the _friend_ approaches,
To lead you homeward, where joys excel,
United ever with Him to dwell.

When day be cooling, and shadows cover,
With sombre curtains, your hills and dales,
Then, to release you, He near shall hover,
Whose power, great as his love, prevails.
The eye-lids, laded,
A while are closing, ...
The work-tools, jaded,
Benumbed reposing, ...
Another while--and a new career,
In splendor, shall to your view appear!

And earth is new, as is heaven's portal;
The son of heaven and earth is new,
And misses not, since become immortal,
The narrow homestead, whence he withdrew.
It ceased existing,
It ceased attracting--
But faith persisting,
But virtue acting!
You have, before you, the lot prepared,
By abject spirits not seen or shared.

Then wiped away are all tears forever,
All wounds removed by the healing hand....
Again, midst corpses and biers, I never,
With torch inverted and quenched shall stand
In darkness rife;--
But, the torch upturning,
By flames of life
I restore its burning--
And then, Seraphic, with you unite
In songs of praise at the Throne of Light.


[Illustration]




BRIEF EXPLANATORY NOTES.


PAGE 17, last line; _i. e._--AIR, WATER, EARTH, FIRE, _the four
elements_, in which, according to the ancient philosophers, all exists,
and of which the whole world is composed.

PAGE 24, "ALEXANDERS" _i. e._--Such as Alexander III, "the Great," king
of Macedonia, etc., the greatest of Military Conquerors; born 356 B. C.;
died, 323 B. C.

"NEROS" _i. e._--Such as Nero, Lucius Domitius, Roman Emperor; born 37;
died 68; probably the most prominent type known of wickedness and
cruelty, and, nevertheless, a coward.

PAGE 27, "CREST AND FOIL;" emblematic of Knighthood or Nobility.

PAGE 29, "BROTHER" "EQUAL," _i. e._--Neighbor, as exemplified by Christ
to the Lawyer; see Gospel, St. Luke, x. 25, _et. seq._ The emphasized
"_then_" on the second line refers to when "for its keeping you shall
account;" (see previous stanza, page 28) the sense of the two first
lines being: too late _then_ to mend evil deeds by charity.

PAGE 39, lines 3 and 4; see Swedish and General History; Three champions
of political and religious liberty; prominent in removing excessive
taxation, extending the rights, guarantees and educational facilities of
the people and undermining and finally crushing the pernicious and
immense power, wealth and influence of a corrupt and arbitrary
hierarchy.--

ENGELBREKT, an influential private citizen, went, on his own
responsibility, to demand of the then king (Erik XIII) amelioration in
the condition of the utterly enslaved, tax-ridden and tyranized people.
This being refused, he induced the people, under his leadership, to rise
in arms (in the fall of 1433) and, during three years of successive
victories, drove out of the country all foreign oppressors and their
adherents, put other men in their places, and enforced changes in the
government, and a reduction everywhere of 33 per cent. in the taxes. He
was murdered April 27th, 1436.

GUSTAVUS 1st, savior of the independence of Sweden, who gave it new
Constitution, new Laws, new Church-government, and was the first to
institute general education, by establishing public schools throughout
the country. He was born in 1496, and reigned from 1521 to his death,
1560.

GUSTAVUS II, ADOLPHUS, born in 1592, Grandson of Gustavus 1st, was king
of Sweden from 1611 to his death 1632, when he fell in the famous battle
at Lützen, Germany, in the "thirty years war," while fighting for the
grand cause of liberty of conscience.

PAGE 41, "Uriah-note," see Bible, II Samuel, chapter XI.

PAGE 42, 1st line; see Bible, Genesis, chapter XXXVII.

PAGE 42, 2nd line; see Bible, II Samuel, chapter I.

PAGE 42, 5th line; see Bible, Jeremiah XXXI, verse 15; also, Gospel of
St. Matthew, chapter II, verse 18.

PAGE 45, 1st line; see Bible, Gospel of St. Luke, XX, 39.

PAGE 45, 3rd line; see Bible, St. John, XIX, 25.

PAGE 45, 5th line; see Bible, St. John, XIV, 13.

PAGE 50, 3rd line, see Bible, St. Mark, XIII, 13.



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