Verses suggested by seeing a funeral at which none were present as mourners
No deep-toned requiem responsive knelled,
As sought the grave this solitary bier –
No solemn chaunt the pealing organ swelled –
No mourner gave the tributary tear !
All seemed to urge a more than decent haste
To place the dead beneath the humble sod;
From every heart kind memory was effaced,
Low laid and lonely in the last abode.
Was this some felon bleeding from his doom! –
Is poverty a crime of dye so deep! –
That no one followed to his clay-formed tomb,
And viewed him in how they must shortly sleep?
The FLOWER of Jesse, pure and undefiled,
Diffusing healing influence o’er mankind,
Bloomed desolate: - in life and death reviled
By those to mercy’s rays perversely blind.
Then sleep, forgotten one; though none shall weep,
This cold neglect will not disturb thy rest –
Whilst o’er their graves bleak snows and wild winds sweep,
Eternal summers smile upon the blest.