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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Poems, Lyrics, and Sonnets (1882)
III. At Sabbath Dawn
By Louisa S. Guggenberger (1845–1895)
SIX times the sun has hotly lit
  A smoke-wreathed scene of care,
To-day the dust of toil is laid,
  And children are at prayer.
Six times has tempest swept my soul,        5
  And now I gladly spend
A time of quietness with you,
  My patient, faithful friend.
There have been noons of warmer blaze,
  And midnights meteor-lit—        10
But never this most placed heaven,
  With heart-peace under it.
There have been throbs of stronger bliss,
  Yet is your presence best;
Safe in your firm and quiet hand        15
  My hasty pulses rest.
For fiercely tides of life have flowed
  And ebbed, alas! too fast,
Breathless and spent, I cast me down
  On tideless shores at last.        20
I do not ask if this be love,
  I know it to be rest;
The sabbath of my life has dawned,
  And I am very blest.

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