O, Life

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O, life!

Of what is this

Dreamy furnace?

 

Where today a just man lay

And the next, he decay.

Thou art fair, o! life.

 

For he was ninety-five,

Behold!  he departs

For a higher duty.

 

Here lies a man

Who has done his duty

on earth.

 

 

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