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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1455. Carlyle and Emerson
 
By Montgomery Schuyler
 
 
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’ pines        5
  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,—        10
The torch that flares along the coast,
  The star beams above the seas.
 

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