Poetry of Kansas

Stars in the Darkness

The evening heaven stretched on high
        And I was dreary, quite;
I saw no stars, but saw the sky
        As black as primal night.
My heart revived; again, aloft
        I turned my gaze, and there
A thousand stars shone clear and soft,
        And this message to me bare:
The night of life has blessings true,
        Whose beauties are not seen,
While men note not the stars, but view
        The darkness in between.

Quillings In Verse
John Edward Everett
(Smith Center: ___. 1912)
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