When gallant hearts put out from earthly shore, Like winging birds that fare beyond our sight, We who keep watch beside the breakers' roar Can know that God directs their onward flight; That in their progress, limitless and free, They still reflect eternal Life, and bear True witness to their immortality While tended by the Father's certain care. We need not keep our gaze upon the line Where last we saw their forms, for they are near In all the qualities of Love's design Expressed around us for our daily cheer; And recognizing this we rise above A sense of loss to claim immortal love.
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