by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Take them, O Death! and bear away
Language: English 
Take them, O Death! and bear away 
  Whatever thou canst call thine own! 
Thine image stamped upon this clay, 
  Doth give thee that, but that alone! 

Take them, O Grave! and let them lie 
  Folded upon thy narrow shelves, 
As garments by the soul laid by, 
  And precious only to ourselves. 

Take them, O Great Eternity! 
  Our little life is but a gust, 
That bends the branches of thy tree, 
  And bends its blossoms in the dust.

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  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Emil Sjögren.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 77