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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
477. The Flight of the Arrow
 
By Richard Henry Stoddard
 
 
THE LIFE of man
  Is an arrow’s flight,
Out of darkness
  Into light,
And out of light        5
  Into darkness again;
Perhaps to pleasure,
  Perhaps to pain!
 
  There must be Something,
  Above, or below;        10
Somewhere unseen
  A mighty Bow,
A Hand that tires not,
  A sleepless Eye
That sees the arrows        15
  Fly, and fly;
One who knows
  Why we live—and die.
 

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