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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
591. In the Dark
 
By Frances Louisa Bushnell
 
 
RESTLESS, to-night, and ill at ease,
  And finding every place too strait,
I leave the porch shut in with trees,
  And wander through the garden-gate.
 
So dark at first, I have to feel        5
  My way before me with my hands;
But soul-like fragrances reveal
  My virgin Daphne, where she stands.
 
Her stars of blossom breathe aloft
  Her worship to the stars above;        10
In wavering pulsations soft,
  Climbs the sweet incense of her love;
 
Those far, celestial eyes can dart
  Their glances down through leafy bars;
The spark that burns within her heart        15
  Was dropped, in answer, from the stars.
 
She does not find the space too small,
  The night too dark, for sweetest bloom;
Content within the garden wall,
  Since upward there is always room.        20
 
Her spotless heart, through all the night,
  Holds safe its little vestal spark.
O blessed, if the soul be white,
  To breathe and blossom in the dark!
 

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