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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Gertrude Bloede (Stuart Sterne) (1845–1905)


NIGHT after night we dauntlessly embark

On slumber’s stream, in whose deep waves are drowned

Sorrow and care, and with all senses bound

Drift for a while beneath the sombre arc

Of that full circle made of light and dark

Called life; yet have no fear, and know refound

Lost consciousness shall be, even at the sound

Of the first warble of some early lark

Or touch of sunbeam. Oh, and why not then

Lie down to our last sleep, still trusting Him

Who guided us so oft through shadows dim,

Believing somewhere on our sense again

Some lark’s sweet note, some golden beam, shall break,

And with glad voices cry, “Awake! awake!”