Collection of Kansas Poetry

Miss Hattie Horner


So shall our heroes peaceful sleep 
    While love and honor, flowers and stars, 
Through centuries their vigils keep, 
    Till love and honor banish wars. 

UNDER the opened gates of paradise 
    Now swings the world, and thro' the soundless seas 
    The wind-swept heaven drops upon the trees 
The perfumes of celestial sacrifice; 
O leaves and flowers__sweetest mysteries__
    Thrilling our souls with voiceless madrigals, 
    Are ye not ciphers writ on Nature's walls, 
The organ notes of future symphonies ? 
Prophet blossoms! Earth's winter has been long, 
    Eons of years, O emerald, preaching leaves, 
Snow-banks of human hearts, glaciers of wrong! 
    But lo! it comes, the sun that all retrieves, 
The ages' glass, the miracle of spring 
Doth shadow Time's majestic blossoming. 
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