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

Montgomery Schuyler (1843–1914)

Carlyle and Emerson

A BALE-FIRE kindled in the night,

By night a blaze, by day a cloud,

With flame and smoke all England woke,—

It climbed so high, it roared so loud:

While over Massachusetts’s pines

Uprose a white and steadfast star;

And many a night it hung unwatched,—

It shone so still, it seemed so far.

But Light is Fire, and Fire is Light;

And mariners are glad for these,—

The torch that flares along the coast,

The star that beams above the seas.