Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1861–1889
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
In the Dark
By Frances Louisa Bushnell
[Born in Hartford, Conn. The Atlantic Monthly. 1872.]

RESTLESS, to-night, and ill at ease,
  And finding every place too strait,
I leave the porch shut in with trees,
  And wander through the garden-gate.
So dark at first, I have to feel        5
  My way before me with my hands;
But soul-like fragrances reveal
  My virgin Daphne, where she stands.
Her stars of blossom breathe aloft
  Her worship to the stars above;        10
In wavering pulsations soft,
  Climbs the sweet incense of her love;
Those far, celestial eyes can dart
  Their glances down through leafy bars;
The spark that burns within her heart        15
  Was dropped, in answer, from the stars.
She does not find the space too small,
  The night too dark, for sweetest bloom;
Content within the garden wall,
  Since upward there is always room.        20
Her spotless heart, through all the night,
  Holds safe its little vestal spark.
O blessed, if the soul be white,
  To breathe and blossom in the dark!

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