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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
 
To a Doubter
By Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton (1849–1937)
 
[Born in Kentville, N. S., 1849. Died in Boston, Mass., 1937.]

I CANNOT say “Believe” to thee
  Whose lips from thought’s clear springs have drunk.
  The questions of the age have sunk
Deep in thy quivering soul, I see.
 
For I should hear thee rightly say,        5
  “Whate’er is true, thy well-turned speech
  Doth not the mind’s recesses reach
Nor light the spirit’s hidden way.”
 
Thy soul for certainty is sick,
  While they who wrangle over forms,        10
  Untroubled by faith’s fiercer storms,
Feed well on sweets of rhetoric.
 
I see thee like a long-caged bird,
  Thou beat’st thy bars with broken wing,
  And flutterest, feebly echoing        15
The far-off music thou hast heard.
 
Oblivion tempts thee, yet be wise,
  Walk on awhile in storm and shade;
  These ghosts that haunt thy feet may fade;
Thought hath its cock-crow and sunrise.        20
 
Perhaps the unseen plan shall prove
  More than thy noblest longings crave;
  Thy life may sweep beyond the grave
Into a universe of love,
 
Where doubt may cease, wrong turn to right,        25
  God’s diverse ways be reconciled,
  And thou so long His orphan child
Meet Him upon the hills of light.

  Acadian Legends and Lyrics. 1889.
 
 
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