Beyond the River.
- The time must come, I know, when we shall part___
- All ties must sever:
- This golden zone, enclasping heart to heart,
- Must snap and shiver.
- But doth yon deep, dark stream, part evermore?
Or shall we meet and greet on that far shore,
- Beyond the river?
If we shall meet___oh! would that I knew how!
- In saintly blessing?
- Or shall we stand as we are standing now___
- Mutely caressing?
- Is yonder life but this grown rich and grand?
Or is humanity left on the strand___
- Dropped in undressing?
Oh would I knew! The misty clouds that lie
- Those waters over
- Still darkly droop, still mock my straining eye,
- Still thickly hover.
- I call and question. Silence hath no tone.
In vain I ask how shall I meet my own___
- As friend or lover?
Love is so precious, life so frail and fleet!
- Hearts bleed and quiver;
- Tears wet the prints of dear departing feet,
- Gone hence forever.
- Parting is bitter. If I could but know
That thou wilt be to me the same as now,
- Beyond the river!
Is love eternal? Still yon sullen cloud
- Answers me never.
- In vain I plead; it folds its sable shroud,
- Silent forever.
- But I shall know. "Tis useless to contend
With shadows; yet all doubt shall have an end
- Beyond the river.
__Ellen P. Allerton.
Walls of Corn and Other Poems
Ellen P. Allerton
(Hiawatha, KS: Harrington Printing Company. 1894)
November 23, 2002 /
John & Susan Howell /
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