Cleaning some notebooks around the new year and found an excerpt of the William Cullen Bryant poem, "Thanatopsis." According to Wikipedia, the title comes from the Greek thanatos ("death") and opsis ("sight"); it has often been translated as "Meditation upon Death". Bryant wrote the bulk of the poem in 1811 at age 17, and it was first published in 1817 by the North American Review. He added the introductory and concluding lines 10 years later in 1821.
I highlighted the closing verses below: