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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
“Star of my Dying-Time”
By Katherine Eleanor Conway (1853–1927)
 
[On the Sunrise Slope. 1881.]

“Pray for us—now, and at the hour of our death.”

MOTHER, the skies are dim,
  The air is cold,
And forms of terror grim
  The mists unfold.
 
Weary am I and weak,        5
  And sore afraid;—
O Virgin, pure and meek
  Sweet Mother—aid!
 
If I could see thy face
  ’Twere almost Heaven,        10
A sign of pitying grace
  And sin forgiven.
 
But O—this awful gloom
  Within, without,
The fiends of wrath and doom,        15
  Despair and doubt!
 
O for one bright hour more
  Of strength supreme,
Like those I wasted o’er
  My life’s long dream!        20
 
But Mother—if thou plead
  With thy dear Son
In this, my woful need,
  My Heaven is won!
 
 
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