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What is dying?

A ship sails and I stand watching

till she fades on the horizon,

and someone at my side

says, "She is gone".

Gone where? Gone from my sight,

that is all; she is just as

large as when I saw her...

the diminished size and total

loss of sight is in me, not in her,

and just at the moment

when someone at my side

says "she is gone", there are others

who are watching her coming,

and other voices take up the glad shout,

 "there she comes!" ...and that is dying.

-- Bishop Charles Henry Brent --