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what splendid service came of his art; from his life what a trumpetcall to doing out the duty!
“Nothing is here for tears, nothing to
wail, Or knock the breast; no weakness, no
contempt, Dispraise or blame; nothing but well and
And in reading the title Essay this fact is brought home to us; many have been the discourses on Death, from the great Emperor's down to our own day, but no one of them all ever approached “the Shadow unbeheld" with such courageous humanism; here forsooth his heart beat highest: Æs Triplex was rightly named.
So passes one of the lords of life. “O man greatly beloved, go thou thy way till the end, for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” Barely seven years ago! And yet the world of men and women and
little children who loved him cannot make the Master dead. Surely "some late lark is singing" there for him who travelled hence, even as for those who now move toward that rest for each and all men born.
“Sleep sweetly, tender heart in peace;
Sleep, holy spirit, blessed soul, While the stars burn, the moons increase,
And the great ages onward roll.
Sleep till the end, true soul and sweet,
Nothing comes to thee new or strange , Sleep, full of rest from head to feet,
Lie still, dry dust, secure of change."
A late lark twitters from the quiet skies
The smoke ascends
So be my passing!
ÆS TRIPLEX “An unconscionable time a-dying - there is the picture ('I am afraid, gentlemen ') of your life and of mine. The sands run out, and the hours are numbered and imputed,' and the days go by ; and when the last of these finds us, we have been a long time dying, and what else? The very length is something, if we reach that hour of separation undishonoured ; and to have lived at all is doubtless (in the soldierly expression) to have served.”