Poetry of Kansas

The Unknown Singer

He came from the red-flushed East at
And men looked not, but passed by in
He stayed as the noon sun fiercely glared,
And no one smiled, nor was glad, nor cared
He stood in the red-tinged West at eve,
And the people turned not that way to
He went away in the night, and then
The moon in the sky came out, and men,
With their faces turned to the stars were
But he came not back, nor ever will come.
Yet ever the Master will sing his song,
Though the strain die out in the careless
But at night, when his melody sounds
Men will speak with a hushed and a
      reverent air,
Of the voice that they heard, and they
      heeded not
Till the voice was still__he who sung
___William H. Simpson
Selected by Arthur Richmond Marsh
(Lawrence: Journal Publishing Co. 1888)
Page 23
December 30, 2001 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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