Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1861–1889
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
Summer Night
By Milicent Washburn Shinn (1858–1940)
[Born in Washington Township, Alameda Co., Cal., 1858. Died in Niles, Cal., 1940. The Century Magazine, The Overland Monthly, etc. 1881–84.]

THE VAST half-sphere of plain and sky
  Brims full with pallid light;
Moon-whitened all the grain-fields lie,
  Like seas grown still with night;
And scattered houses, far and nigh,        5
  Among their trees gleam white.
Oh, warmly does the night enfold
The earth, caressed with showers of gold.
    And yet, not so, sweet night,
    Not so I long for thee,        10
    Not so come thou to me.
Come, mighty shade, till earth might be
  Alone in primal space,
Till I lie drowned beneath a sea
  That upward from my face        15
Goes on and on unendingly,
  Nor hints of time or place;
Till I might think that o’er my eyes,
Close-shut, the earth forever lies.
    So longs my soul for thee.        20
    Oh, so, I pray, sweet night,
    So come thou unto me.


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