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To The Honourable T. H. Esq; On The Death Of His Daughter
(1753 – 5 December 1784 / Gambia)

To The Honourable T. H. Esq; On The Death Of His Daughter

Poem By Phillis Wheatley

WHILE deep you mourn beneath the cypress-shade
The hand of Death, and your dear daughter
laid
In dust, whose absence gives your tears to flow,
And racks your bosom with incessant woe,
Let Recollection take a tender part,
Assuage the raging tortures of your heart,
Still the wild tempest of tumultuous grief,
And pour the heav'nly nectar of relief:
Suspend the sigh, dear Sir, and check the groan,
Divinely bright your daughter's Virtues shone:
How free from scornful pride her gentle mind,
Which ne'er its aid to indigence declin'd!
Expanding free, it sought the means to prove
Unfailing charity, unbounded love!
She unreluctant flies to see no more
Her dear-lov'd parents on earth's dusky shore:
Impatient heav'n's resplendent goal to gain,
She with swift progress cuts the azure plain,
Where grief subsides, where changes are no more,
And life's tumultuous billows cease to roar;
She leaves her earthly mansion for the skies,
Where new creations feast her wond'ring eyes.
To heav'n's high mandate cheerfully resign'd
She mounts, and leaves the rolling globe behind;
She, who late wish'd that Leonard might return,
Has ceas'd to languish, and forgot to mourn;
To the same high empyreal mansions come,
She joins her spouse, and smiles upon the tomb:
And thus I hear her from the realms above:
"Lo! this the kingdom of celestial love!
"Could ye, fond parents, see our present bliss,
"How soon would you each sigh, each fear dismiss?
"Amidst unutter'd pleasures whilst I play
"In the fair sunshine of celestial day,
"As far as grief affects an happy soul
"So far doth grief my better mind controul,
"To see on earth my aged parents mourn,
"And secret wish for T-----! to return:
"Let brighter scenes your ev'ning-hours employ:
"Converse with heav'n, and taste the promis'd joy"

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Death and sadness go hand in hand. " To see on earth my aged parents mourn" . This is sheer sadness. It is also sad to know that Phyllis Wheatley was living in poverty. She had lost her infants young. And later on, she died at the age of 31, while giving birth.
Celetial love! ! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
wow very deep, nice poem
Let brighter scenes your ev'ning-hours employ: " Converse with heav'n, and taste the promis'd joy" very fine poem.
a very fine poem. So far doth grief my better mind controul, " To see on earth my aged parents mourn, " And secret wish for T- - -! to return: ... converse with heaven.......... tony


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