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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
III. Adversity
A Doubting Heart
Adelaide Anne Procter (1825–1864)
WHERE are the swallows fled?
          Frozen and dead
Perchance upon some bleak and stormy shore.
          O doubting heart!
      Far over purple seas        5
      They wait, in sunny ease,
      The balmy southern breeze
To bring them to their northern homes once more.
Why must the flowers die?
          Prisoned they lie        10
In the cold tomb, heedless of tears or rain.
          O doubting heart!
      They only sleep below
      The soft white ermine snow
      While winter winds shall blow,        15
To breathe and smile upon you soon again.
The sun has hid its rays
          These many days;
Will dreary hours never leave the earth?
          O doubting heart!        20
      The stormy clouds on high
      Veil the same sunny sky
      That soon, for spring is nigh,
Shall wake the summer into golden mirth.
Fair hope is dead, and light        25
          Is quenched in night;
What sound can break the silence of despair?
          O doubting heart!
      The sky is overcast,
      Yet stars shall rise at last,        30
      Brighter for darkness past;
And angels’ silver voices stir the air.

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