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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
 
Winter Starlight
By Frank Dempster Sherman (1860–1916)
 
THE AIR is keen, the sky is clear,
  The winds have gone in whispers down;
And, gleaming in the atmosphere,
  A jewel, lies the lighted town.
 
The winter’s mantle stretches white        5
  Upon the roofs and streets below;
All hushed, the noises of the night,
  Against the bosom of the snow.
 
The Moon from her blue dwelling-place
  Smiles over all, so pale, so fair,        10
It seems the Earth’s wan, winter face
  Reflected in a mirror there.
 
Far off the lonely trees uplift
  Their naked branches like the spars
Of some deserted ship adrift        15
  Under a canopy of stars.
 
It is the darkened world that rides
  The sea of space, forever drawn
By secret winds and mighty tides
  Unto the harbor of the Dawn.        20
 
 
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