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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
A Light Load (1891)
V. By the Sea
By Dollie Radford (1858–1920)
 
THE CLOUDS have gathered soon to-night,
  They hang above the quiet sea,
And through the air a muffled sound
  Is borne to me
 
From that dim island where the souls        5
  Of all the Ages lie at rest;
It beats upon my throbbing brain
  And troubled breast.
 
If thou wert standing on the shore
  Beside me now, and held my hand,        10
I think that I should hear it plain
  And understand
 
For there is one note in it all,
  Which loud and clear has come to me,
And I have caught it in my heart        15
  To tell to thee.
 
“Eyes steadfast from the watch of worlds,
  Hearts big with secrets of the spheres,
We have no power to move you now
  With hopes or fears.”        20
 
“No power,” thy soul has filled my soul,
  Thy life has rounded all of mine,
Thy love has girt me with a strength
  Which is divine.
 
And when that sound perchance one day        25
  Comes to us with a mighty roll,
We two shall stand unmoved, and hear
  And learn the whole.
 
 
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