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One spirit still remained, and cried,
He standeth ever by my side-
But still the spirits rose, and there
And anxious hours of fear and care
Dim shadows came of lonely hours,
And in the opening smile of flowers
Calm hours that sought the starry skies
For heavenly lore were there; With folded hands and earnest eyes, I knew the hours of prayer.
Stern hours that darkened the sun's light,
Heralds of coming woes,
With trailing wings, before my sight
From the dim past arose.
As each dark vision passed and spoke
I prayed it to depart :
At each some buried sorrow woke
And stirred within my heart.
Until these hours of pain and care
Lifted their tearful eyes,
Spread their dark pinions in the air
THE TWO INTERPRETERS.
HE clouds are fleeting by, father,
Look in the shining west,
The great white clouds sail onward
Upon the sky's blue breast.
Look at a snowy eagle,
His wings are tinged with red, And a giant dolphin follows him,
With a crown upon his head!"
The father spake no word, but watched
The drifting clouds roll by;
He traced a misty vision too
Upon the shining sky:
A shadowy form, with well-known grace
weary love and care,
Above the smiling child she held,
"The clouds are changing now, father, Mountains rise higher and higher!
And see where red and purple ships
Sail in a sea of fire!"
The father pressed the little hand
More closely in his own,
And watched a cloud-dream in the sky
Bright angels carrying far away
See, father, see! a glory floods
And clouds of every hue and shade
And now, above an azure lake
Rise battlements and towers,
Where knights and ladies climb the heights, All bearing purple flowers.”
The father looked, and, with a pang
Of love and strange alarm, Drew close the little eager child
Within his sheltering arm;
From out the clouds the mother looks
She seems to seek the treasure left
On earth so long ago ;
She holds her arms out to her child,
His cradle-song she sings:
rays of the sunset gleam
Upon her outspread wings.
Calm twilight veils the summer sky,
Still gaily prattles on;
In vain the bright stars, one by one,
A dreary shadow rests to-night
Wait till the clouds are past, then raise thine eyes To bluer skies!
Hast thou gone sadly through a dreary night,
No guide, no star, to cheer thee through the plain—