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324 FOREST MELODIES.
And these twin buds of "beauty bright, Beside my daily pathway shine ;
It thrills my heart with pure delight, Whene'er I fondly call them mine!
I have a home—another home,
Where a fond father sits to-day; Over his spirit shadows come,
He thinks of dear ones far away! There beams a mother's pensive smile,
Ev'n till the stars of midnight burn ; She muses of me all the while,
And breathes a prayer for my return. And there a brother, sister, dwell,
With whom my earliest moments flew— 0, how my heart's affections swell,
At thought of those so kind and true ! How oft my thoughts take eagle's wings,
And seek once more that sacred spot! Then some sweet voice the whisper brings,
That there my name is unforgot.
I have another, brighter home, Where sorrows never dare intrude:
Far, far beyond the azure dome, It holds the beautiful and good.
A fair young sister waits me there, In robes of holiness and light;