The Distance of the Dead
The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur, ed. Elizabeth Perkins (London, Sydney and Melbourne: Angus & Robertson, 1984): 618.
1How distant in a moment are the dead!
3A long procession up from Egypt led,
5 Loud was the grief, and round about it a throe
6Passed from it into nature -- passed and fled!
8 In the cold gloom lay drift-like, none may know.
9All of those mourners died too, and at last
10 Fell like dim shadows from the world away:
11How far back in the dawn of Time they passed
12 Into the mortal mystery of decay --
13 And yet the Loved One who but died to-day,
14Is sundered from us by a gulf as vast!
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