Anna Laetitia Barbauld

(20 June 1743 – 9 March 1825 / Leicestershire, England)

Epitaph On The Same - Poem by Anna Laetitia Barbauld

Farewell, mild saint!—meek child of love, farewell!
Ill can this stone thy finished virtues tell.
Rest, rest in peace! the task of life is o'er;
Sorrows shall sting, and sickness waste no more.
But hard our task from one so loved to part,
While fond remembrance clings round every heart,—
Hard to resign the sister, friend, and wife,
And all that cheers, and all that softens life.
Farewell! for thee the gates of bliss unclose,
And endless joy succeeds to transient woes.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 6, 2010

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