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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
Evening Thoughts
By Charles C. Beaman
HOW fades the world before me now!
  As lonely here I stand;
The dews of evening on my brow,
  And silver on the land!
It seems to me a floating speck,        5
  The fragment of a cloud;—
Are all my hopes upon that wreck,
  Oblivion soon will shroud?
Oh no! I have a hope afar,
  Among those orbs of light;        10
It twinkleth yet, the Bethlehem star,
  As on its natal night.
Spring up, my soul! and catch the ray,
  And nurse it to a flame;
’T will burn in life’s expiring day,        15
  For ever—and the same.

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