And now 't is Dawn, the dawn of radiant Hope,
Whose rose-beams, quivering through our twilight's gloom,
Have laid our sorrow's sable-curtain ope
To brighter hue, to rays of life and bloom.
Distending now our hearts' prophetic scope,
With flowers she twines for us the very tomb,
And joyfully leads our victorious march
To glowing light through Heaven's triumphal arch.
Soon 't will be Day—the day of Love and Light,
Whose faint reflex was mirrored in our dreams,
Whose radiance made our purest moments bright,
Whose pledge we found within our bosoms' seams;
Cleansed there from earthly sin, from mortal blight.
Basking beneath the rays of heavenly beams.
Our happy spirits twining more and blending.
Will melt in one love-atom without ending.
Oh, Elsie! now, first now I owe to thee
That has my earthly life attained its goal.
While hitherto I read Heaven's radiancy
Within thy glance alone, within thy soul.