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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
Love’s Pilgrim
By John Killick Bathurst
FAR from thy shrine,
With sterile plains of weary days between,
Hope whispers ever from the void, unseen,
Thou still art mine—
When ’mid the stress of life, with thee-ward face,        5
I make my vows toward thy dwelling-place.
At radiant morn,
As the new day first slants into mine eyes,
Steal thoughts of that glad dawning of surprise
When Love was born:        10
And in that place where night and morning meet,
I cast my life, a love-gift, at thy feet.
Beats the fierce noon
Of sorrow on my head, while the skies as brass
Roof all the path my daily feet must pass,        15
Peace cometh soon:
Prone on the sands of absence, lo, I kiss
Thy hands in thought, and find an oasis.
Cometh the night—
I will my carpet of Remembrance spread,        20
Till dreary space and absence all are sped
Far from my sight,
And down the corridors of silence deep,
Thy white hand beckons me to thee,—and sleep.

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