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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Sunlight and Starlight
By Adeline Dutton Train Whitney (1824–1906)
 
[Born in Boston, Mass., 1824. Died at Milton, Mass., 1906. From Pansies. 1872.]

GOD sets some souls in shade, alone;
They have no daylight of their own:
Only in lives of happier ones
They see the shine of distant suns.
 
God knows. Content thee with thy night,        5
Thy greater heaven hath grander light.
To-day is close; the hours are small;
Thou sit’st afar, and hast them all.
 
Lose the less joy that doth but blind;
Reach forth a larger bliss to find.        10
To-day is brief: the inclusive spheres
Rain raptures of a thousand years.
 
 
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