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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
 
My Retreat
By Albert J. Atkins
 
  THERE is a garden in my heart,
A place from all the world apart,
Where I alone in sorrow move,
Awaiting her whose name is Love;
Here in my hour of deepest night        5
I turn to find her beacon light.
 
  Sometimes I feel an inner gleam
Of Love’s true light, a steadfast beam;
Then comes to me a low, sweet voice,
Which makes my longing soul rejoice;        10
A message brings of strength, of might,
That gives me courage for the fight.
 
  When weary with the outward strife,
I seek this sacred inner life,
And find within its calm repose,        15
A brief surcease from earthly woes;
Thus, in the garden of my heart,
I rest from all the world apart.
 
 
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