James Whitcomb Riley

7 October 1849 - 22 July 1916 / Greenfield, Indiana

The Hereafter

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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