Would you be young again?

Would you be young again?
So would not I -
One tear to memory giv'n,
Onward I'd hie.
Life's dark flood forded o'er,
All but at rest on shore,
Say, would you plunge once more,
With home so nigh?

If you might, would you now,
Retrace your way?
Wander through stormy wilds,
Faint and astray?
Night's gloomy watches fled,
Morning all beaming red,
Hope's smile around us shed,
Heavenward - away.

Where are they gone - once your
Joy and delight?
Dear and more dear, tho' now,
Hidden from sight.
Where they rejoice to be,
There is the land for me;
Fly time, fly speedily,
Come life and light.

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