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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
In Solitude
By Virna Sheard (1865?–1943)
 
HE is not desolate whose ship is sailing
  Over the mystery of an unknown sea,
For some great love with faithfulness unfailing
  Will light the stars to bear him company.
 
Out in the silence of the mountain passes,        5
  The heart makes peace and liberty its own—
The wind that blows across the scented grasses
  Bringing the balm of sleep—comes not alone.
 
Beneath the vast illimitable spaces
  Where God has set His jewels in array,        10
A man may pitch his tent in desert places,
  Yet know that heaven is not so far away.
 
But in the city—in the lighted city
  Where gilded spires point toward the sky,
And fluttered rags and hunger ask for pity,        15
  Grey Loneliness in cloth-of-gold, goes by.
 
 
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