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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1716. Helios
 
By Joel Elias Spingarn
 
 
OH, I am weary of a heart that brings
Star-worship even to the shining sun:
Rather a savage whose whole heart hath won
Radiance and joy from sunlight than whose wings
Flutter and fade before the twilight rings:        5
Why should we falter when the night is done,—
Dream-weavers, trembling in dim mists that stun
All things divorced from thought, and thought from things?
I am thy child, O Sun, as Julian was:
I crouch not in the shadows of my soul,        10
And grapple with dark terrors; nor, rewon,
Drink I of darkness when the shadows pass:
Even at death, when nearest is the goal,
I shall cry out to heaven, “The sun! the sun!”
 

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