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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
 
There’ll Come a Day
By Margaret Junkin Preston (1820–1897)
 
THERE’LL come a day when the supremest splendor
  Of earth, or sky, or sea,
Whate’er their miracles, sublime or tender,
  Will wake no joy in me.
 
There’ll come a day when all the aspiration,        5
  Now with such fervor fraught
As lifts to heights of breathless exaltation,
  Will seem a thing of naught.
 
There’ll come a day when riches, honor, glory,
  Music and song and art,        10
Will look like puppets in a worn-out story,
  Where each has played his part.
 
There’ll come a day when human love, the sweetest
  Gift that includes the whole
Of God’s grand giving—sovereignest, completest—        15
  Shall fail to fill my soul.
 
There’ll come a day—I shall not care how passes
  The cloud across my sight,
If only, lark-like, from earth’s nested grasses,
  I spring to meet its light.        20
 
 
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