Verse > Anthologies > Higginson and Bigelow, eds. > American Sonnets
Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
By Charles Henry Crandall (1858–1923)
AS little children in a darkened hall
  At Christmas-tide await the opening door,
  Eager to tread the fairy-haunted floor
Around the tree with goodly gifts for all,
Oft in the darkness to each other call—        5
  Trying to guess their happiness before—
  Or knowing elders eagerly implore
To tell what fortune unto them may fall:
So wait we in Time’s dim and narrow room,
  And, with strange fancies or another’s thought,        10
Try to divine before the curtain rise
The wondrous scene; forgetting that the gloom
  Must shortly rise from what the ages sought—
The Father’s long-planned gift of Paradise.

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