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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
There Is a Voice
By Katharine A. Ware (1797–1843)
THERE is a voice in the western breeze,
  As it floats o’er spring’s young roses!
Or sighs among the blossoming trees,
  Where the spirit of love reposes:
It tells of the joys of the pure and young,        5
Ere they wander life’s wildering paths among.
There is a voice in the summer gale,
  Which breathes amid regions of bloom!
Or murmurs soft, through the dewy vale,
  In moonlight’s tender gloom:        10
It tells of hope, unblighted yet—
And of hours, that the soul can ne’er forget!
There is a voice in the autumn blast,
  That wafts the falling leaf,
When the glowing scene is fading fast—        15
  For the hour of bloom is brief:
It tells of Life—its sure decay—
And of earthly splendors, that pass away!
There is a voice in the wintry storm,
  For the blasting spirit is there—        20
Breathing o’er every vernal charm,
  O’er all that was bright and fair;
It tells of death, as it moans around,
And the lonely hall returns the sound.
And there ’s a voice—a small, still voice,        25
  That comes, when the storm is past
It bids the sufferer’s heart rejoice!
  In the haven of peace at last;
It tells of joys, beyond the grave,
And of Him who died a world to save!        30

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