Order of Exercises at the Dedication of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery


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ORDER OF EXERCISES-AT THE DEDICATION OF-SLEEPY HOLLOW CEMETERY, CONCORD, SEPT. 29, 1855, 2, P. M.
PRAYER, BY REV. B. FROST.

SINGING, BY THE AUDIENCE, THE FOLLOWING ODE, WRITTEN FOR THE OCCASION,

BY F. B. SANBORN.

Shine kindly forth, September sun,
From heavens calm and clear,
That no untimely cloud may run
Before thy golden sphere,
To vex our simple rites to-day
With one prophetic tear.
With steady voices let us raise
The fitting psalm and prayer,-
Remembered grief of other days
Breathes softening in the air ;
Who knows not Death–who mourns no loss-
He has with us no share.
TUNE,--Brattle Street.

To holy sorrow–solemn joy,
We consecrate the place
Where soon shall sleep the maid and boy,
The father and his race,
The mother with her tender babe,
The venerable face.
These waving woods–these valleys low
Between the tufted knolls,
Year after year shall dearer grow
To many loving souls ;
And flowers be sweeter here than blow
Elsewhere between the poles.
For deathless Love and blessed Grief
Shall guard these wooded aisles,
When either Autumn casts the leaf,
Or blushing Summer smiles,
Or Winter whitens o’er the land,
Or Spring the buds uncoils.
ADDRESS, BY R. W. EMERSON.

BENEDICTION, BY REV. L. H. ANGIER.

B. TOLMAN. PRINTER, CONCORD.