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THE REAPER AND THE FLOWERS. 25
"My Lord has need of these flowerets gay," The Reaper said, and smiled; "Dear tokens of the earth are they,
Where he was once a child.
They shall all bloom in fields of light,
Transplanted by my care,
And saints, upon their garments white,
And the mother gave, in tears and pain,
She knew she should find them all again
In the fields of light above.
O, not in cruelty, not in wrath,
'T was an angel visited the green earth,
And took the flowers away.
THE LIGHT OF STARS.
THE night is come, but not too soon;
And sinking silently,
All silently, the little moon
Drops down behind the sky.
There is no light in earth or heaven But the cold light of stars;
And the first watch of night is given To the red planet Mars.
Is it the tender star of love?
The star of love and dreams?
O no! from that blue tent above,
And earnest thoughts within me rise,
When I behold afar,
Suspended in the evening skies,
O star of strength! I see thee stand
Thou beckonest with thy mailed hand,
Within my breast there is no light,
I give the first watch of the night
The star of the unconquered will,
And calm, and elf-possessed.
VOICES OF THE NIGHT.
And thou, too, whosoe'er thou art,
O fear not in a world like this,
To suffer and be strong.
FOOTSTEPS OF ANGELS.
WHEN the hours of Day are numbered
Ere the evening lamps are lighted, And, like phantoms grim and tall, Shadows from the fitful fire-light Dance upon the parlor wall;
Then the forms of the departed
Come to visit me once more;