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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
137. The Inverted Torch
By Edith M. Thomas
THREADING a darksome passage all alone,
The taper’s flame, by envious current blown.
Crouched low, and eddied round, as in affright,
So challenged by the vast and hostile night,
Then down I held the taper;—swift and fain        5
Up climbed the lovely flower of light again!
Thou Kindler of the spark of life divine,
Be henceforth the Inverted Torch a sign
That, though the flame beloved thou dost depress,
Thou wilt not speed it into nothingness;        10
But out of nether gloom wilt reinspire,
And homeward lift the keen empyreal fire!


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