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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Wild Geese
By Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835–1894)
 
A FAR, strange sound through the night,
  A dountless and resolute cry,
Clear in the tempest’s despite,
  Ringing so wild and so high!
 
Darkness and tumult and dread,        5
  Rain and the battling of gales,
Yet cleaving the storm overhead,
  The wedge of the wild geese sails:
 
Pushing their perilous way,
  Buffeted, beaten, and vexed;        10
Steadfast by night and by day,
  Weary, but never perplexed;
 
Sure that the land of their hope
  Waits beyond tempest and dread,
Sure that the dark where they grope        15
  Shall glow with the morning red!
 
Clangor that pierces the storm
  Dropped from the gloom of the sky!
I sit by my hearth-fire warm
  And thrill to that purposeful cry.        20
 
Strong as a challenge sent out,
  Rousing the timorous heart
To battle with fear and with doubt,
  Courageously bearing its part.
 
O birds in the wild, wild sky!        25
  Would I could so follow God’s way
Through darkness, unquestioning why,
  With only one thought—to obey!
 
 
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