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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1524. My Old Counselor
 
By Gertrude Hall
 
 
THE SUN looked from his everlasting skies,
He laughed into my daily-dying eyes;
He said to me, the brutal shining Sun:
“Poor, fretful, hot, rebellious, little one!
 
“Thou shalt not find it, yet there shall be truth;        5
Thou shalt grow old, but yet there shall be youth;
Thou shalt not do, yet great deeds shall be done,—
Believe me, child, I am an old, old Sun!
 
“Thou mayst go blind, yet fair will bloom the spring;
Thou mayst not hear them, but the birds will sing;        10
Thou mayst despair, no less will hope be rife;
Thou must lie dead, but many will have life.
 
“Thou mayst declare of love: it is a dream!
Yet long with love, my love, the Earth will teem:
Let not thy foolish heart be borne so low,—        15
Lift up thy heart! Exult that it is so!”
 

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