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Richard S. MacNamee
Old Church
"The old church of my boyhood's deserted"


Pictures from Memory's Wall
p. 4


Still over the bridge, on the road sweeping northward,

   The church and the schoolhouse return to my view;

But, 0, the old church of my boyhood's deserted,

   Save here and there still are a vanishing few.


I gaze on that shrine now so nearly forsaken,

   Till loved ones assemble who once worshipped there;

My heart overflows with ineffable sadness

   And grieves for the banished, but not in despair.


With rev'rence its portals, in fancy, I enter;

   The pulpit is empty and silent and old,

Where Porter and Colfelt and Clyde and Marcellus

   Oft told us of "riches more precious than gold."


I list to the hymn as again it floats upward, -

   From close to the heart wells the joyous refrain -

And voices, long silent, return in their sweetness

   Until in my fancy, I join in the strain.



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