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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 me Thou Cam’st”
By Theodore Parker (1810–1860)
 
[From his Note-Book in the possession of Mr. Frank B. Sanborn. Composed in the Winter of 1853–4.]

TO me thou cam’st, the earliest lamp of light,
  When youthful day must sadly disappear;
A star prophetic in a world of night,
  Revealing what a heaven of love was near;
And full of rapture at thy joyous sight,        5
  I journeyed fearless on the starlight way;
A thousand other lights came forth on hight,
  But queenliest of all still shone thy ray:
O blessed lamp of Beauty and of Love,
  How long I’ve felt thy shining far away!        10
  Now, when the morn has chased the shadows gray,
Still guided by thy memory forth I rove.
I’ll journey on, till dark still lighter prove,
  And Star and Pilgrim meet where all is Day.
 
 
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