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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
136. The Invisible Bride
 
By Edwin Markham
 
 
THE LOW-VOICED girls that go
  In gardens of the Lord,
Like flowers of the field they grow
  In sisterly accord.
 
Their whispering feet are white        5
  Along the leafy ways;
They go in whirls of light
  Too beautiful for praise.
 
And in their band forsooth
  Is one to set me free—        10
The one that touched my youth—
  The one God gave to me.
 
She kindles the desire
  Whereby the gods survive—
The white ideal fire        15
  That keeps my soul alive.
 
Now at the wondrous hour,
  She leaves her star supreme,
And comes in the night’s still power,
  To touch me with a dream.        20
 
Sibyl of mystery
  On roads unknown to men,
Softly she comes to me,
  And goes to God again.
 

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