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CHURCHYARDS
[ Also see Cemeteries Churches Graves ]

Strange things, the neighbours say, have happen'd there:
  Wild shrieks have issued from the hollow tombs,
    Dead men have come again, and, walk'd about;
      And the great bell has toll'd unrung, untouch'd.
        Such tales their cheer at wake or gossiping,
          When it draws near to witching time of night.
      - Hugh Blair

Yet there are graves, whose rudely shapen sod
  Bears the fresh footprints where the sexton trod;
    Graves where the verdure has not dar'd to shoot
      Where the chance wildflower has not fix'd its root,
        Whose slumbering tenants, dead without a name,
          The eternal record shall at length proclaim
            Pure as the holiest in the long array
              Of hooded, mitred, or tiara'd clay!
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

There lay the warrior and the son of song,
  And there--in silence till the judgment day--
    The orator, whose all-persuading tongue
      Had mov'd the nations with resistless sway.
      - Lady Caroline Sheridan Norton (Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton)


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