Sent to Heaven.

I had a message to send her,1
To her whom my soul loved best ;2
But I had my task to finish,3
And she had gone home to rest.4
To rest in the far bright heaven—5
Oh, so far away from here ;6
It was vain to speak to my darling,7
For I knew she could not hear.8
I had a message to send her,9
So tender, and true, and sweet ;10
I longed for an angel to bear it,11
And lay it down at her feet.12
I placed it one summer evening13
On a little white cloud’s breast ;14
But it faded in golden splendour,15
And died in the crimson west.16
I gave it the lark, next morning,17
And I watched it soar and soar ;18
But its pinions grew faint and weary,19
And it fluttered to earth once more.20
To the heart of a rose I told it ;21
And the perfume, sweet and rare,22
Growing faint on the blue bright ether,23
Was lost in the balmy air.24
I laid it upon a censer,25
And I saw the incense rise ;26
But its clouds of rolling silver27
Could not reach the far blue skies.28
I cried in my passionate longing :29
Has the earth no angel friend30
Who will carry my love the message31
That my heart desires to send ?”32
Then I heard a strain of music,33
So mighty, so pure, so clear,34
That my very sorrow was silent,35
And my heart stood still to hear.36
And I felt in my soul’s deep yearning37
At last the sure answer stir38
The music will go up to heaven,39
And carry my thought to her.”40
It rose in harmonious rushing41
Of mingled voices and strings,42
And I tenderly laid my message43
On the music’s outspread wings.44
I heard it float farther and farther,45
In sound more perfect than speech ;—46
Farther than sight can follow,—47
Farther than soul can reach.48
And I know that at last my message49
Has passed through the golden gate ;50
So my heart is no longer restless,51
And I am content to wait.52