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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1495. The Lamp in the West
 
By Ella Higginson
 
 
VENUS has lit her silver lamp
  Low in the purple West,
Casting a soft and mellow light
  Upon the sea’s full breast;
In one clear path—as if to guide        5
  Some pale, wayfaring guest.
 
Far out, far out the restless bar
  Starts from a troubled sleep,
Where, roaring through the narrow straits,
  The meeting waters leap;        10
But still that shining pathway leads
  Across the lonely deep.
 
When I sail out the narrow straits
  Where unknown dangers be,
And cross the troubled, moaning bar        15
  To the mysterious sea,
Dear God, wilt thou not set a lamp
  Low in the West for me?
 

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