James Whitcomb Riley

(7 October 1849 - 22 July 1916 / Greenfield, Indiana)

The Hereafter - Poem by James Whitcomb Riley

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Hereafter! O we need not waste
Our smiles or tears, whatever befall:
No happiness but holds a taste
Of something sweeter, after all;--
No depth of agony but feels
Some fragment of abiding trust,--
Whatever death unlocks or seals,
The mute beyond is just.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010



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