Poetry of Kansas

The Candles

"A little candle, shining in a darkened valley, hath its place."
There was need of candles, so He set them everywhere:
Flickering ones and faint ones, brave ones and fair.
Each to banish darkness in its tiny, circled space:
    A little candle, shining
    In a darkened valley,
    Hath its place.
 
Steadily and brightly, or fitfully and dim,
Timidly or boldly ___ they all are known to Him.
In a great world's darkness that they lighten by His grace,
    A little candle, shining
    In a darkened valley,
    Hath its place.
 
Far lights and high lights, stately lights and tall;
Hesitant and half-lights ___ yet His hand holds them all.
And there, among the gallantest that burn before His face,
    A little candle, shining
    In a darkened valley,
    Hath its place.

The Call of Kansas and Other Poems
Esther M. (Clark) Hill
(Cedar Rapids: Torch Press. __)
Page 37

 
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