Poetry of Kansas

How Kind.

How kind you were  How kind you were!
    To me the favor you have shown
Is highest fortune could confer
    Upon a being like my own.
You were so kind! my simple lines
    Are powerless to express the thought,
Or feeling reason close confines
    Within my breast with fullness fraught.
So kind, and yet a little cold.
    You would not take my proffered arm.
I offered it___who could withhold___
    To keep you from the ice's harm.
Tho quickly passed the eve away,
    Its pleasant memories still so bright,
Within my mind shall always stay
    And ever lend a beam of light.
And yet one cloud, I must confess,
    Hangs o'er the scene and will not leave___
Brings saddest thoughts I can't suppress,___
    I know about to-morrow eve.
Ah, when to-morrow's shades are thrown,
    I'll don my skates in dreamy mood,
To glide the star-lit stream alone,
    And joy in nature's solitude.
For after all our truest friends
    Are those small shining orbs, the stars,
They alter not-each ever lends
    Its rays to lighten earthly cares.
The stars are friends, both true and old.
    Within their depths I joy to find
Warm comfort; for the world is cold,
    And many burdens weight my mind.
So thru the wood, beneath the skies,
    I'll roam o'er fields of frozen ice;
While with your parlor friends you prize
    The pleasure I must sacrifice.

__Colfax Burgoyne Harman


Poems Of Sentiment
Colfax Burgoyne Harman
(Valley Falls, Kansas: Harman Publishing. 1905)
Pages 228-229

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