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[A second poem has been added below.]

W0390 POEM by Susan Porter
May 30 1826
To: [Dr.] Calvin McQuesten,
From: Bradford Academy, Bradford, Massachusetts, [U.S.A.]


Hark what is that note
So mournful and slow;
That sends on the winds
The tidings of woe?

It seem'd like a knell,
Of a spirit that's fled;
It tells us alas!
A Brother is dead.

Yea's gone to the grave,
Is he whom I loved;
And lifeless the form
That manfully moved.

The clod of the valley
Encompass his head;
The marble reminds me
A Brother is dead.

But ye spirits of air,
Oh! speake ye and tell!
The place where the soul
Is destined to dwell.

Oh say, have ye heard
In that heavenly throng
The voice once with us
Commingled in song?

Oh! say to the courts of
Our God have ye led,
The soul, that from earth
Forever has fled!

No voice from the Grave,
No voice from the sky
Dissolves the deeds,
That are doing on high.

It needs not Jehovah
Has said in his word,
That Blessed are they
Who die in the Lord.
Susan Porter,
Member of Bradford Academy
May 30, 1826.

[Written on a separate page, same paper, same handwriting as W0390:]


That which here slumber waste confined
Shall now my joyful temples find
No monarch but would give his crown
His arms might do as this has done.
My joy my grief my hope my love
Did all within this circle move
A narrow compass! and yet there
Dwells all that's good and all that's fair.
Give but what this ribband bound
Take all the rest the Sun goes round.

[Written at bottom of page:] "Composition"


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