Poetry of Kansas


    GREATEST among
    The gods profane,
Morpheus is thy name;
    Not mountain's height
    Nor palace halls___
O'er all mankind you reign.
    Thou clement god
    To mortal man,
Complacent is thy will;
    To soothe our fears
    With dreams of love,
Our drooping hearts to fill.
    To deaden all
    Our troubled sense,
To grant repose and rest,
    When other hands
    Oppress our lives
Beyond the human test.
    For in thy realm
    We safely rest
From all the ills of life;
    We find relief
    To all complaints
We gather in the strife.
    Beneath thy balm
    Our pains depart;
Disease, its power is stayed;
    Our fevered brow
    Is cooled to rest
When in thy bosom laid.
    The anguished soul,
    Distressed and sore,
While brooding o'er its woe,
    Is lulled to rest
    And soon forgets
Misfortune's saddest blow.
    We bid thee reign
    To end of time;
Thy mission is of earth,
    To heal mortals
    Of all distress,
Beneath a common dearth.

__James A. DeMoss


Kansas Zephyrs
James A. DeMoss
(Thayer, Kansas: ___. 1892)
Pages 32-33

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