Excerpt from Sealed Orders, and Other Poems Sealed Orders(In Memoriam Captain Pipon, R.N., C.M.G., C.B.)Death is a Spirit!Those who have seen him nearestHold him dearest, For rareness in his choiceWhen, at his Master's Voice, He seeks, for his own call, The bravest, best of all.When it seems unbetimesThat one both good and greatShould pass the shadowy gateOpening to stranger climes, Then may ye feel full sureThe soul has grown so pureThat it must needs inclineInto the Vast Divine. Death is a Spirit!We deem his pace too swift;To our eyes, Though we be passing wise, It is t givenTo see across the riftBetween ourselves and Heaven!On earth we hear a knell - About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.