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2O2 EARTH S ANGELS.

But now, old friend, all journeying For us will soon be over ;

Sorrow has built a sombre bridge With piers of churchyard clover,

Till, blended as they used to be, Our shadows, longer growing,

Lie yonder on the other side, Over the white snow showing

A bended head, a planted staff, Nor trees nor kerchief blowing ;

The Shadow lies behind us, friend The light, the way we re going.

��EARTH S ANGELS.

1 NEVER knew an angel, Except the ones in books ; I don t believe a mortal

Knows how an angel looks. We guess at something misty

With trailing wings of white, With amber tresses floating, And garments strangely bright.

But I believe earth s angels Walk here in mortal guise,

Though we discern but faintly Through heavy-lidded eyes,

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