Poetry of Kansas
 

Sonnet

As, long ago, in a strange land and far,
(In an old book a leech this tale did write),
Th' amazed shepherds, keeping watch by
    night,
Afraid, and wondering if foredoom of war
Hung on the flaming of an eastward star,
Saw suddenly round them angels robed in
    light,
And heard, and knew not if they heard
    aright,
"Peace, peace on earth!"___so sweet such
    voices are___;
So I, a watcher in this night of time,
Amazed and troubled with vague ques-
    tionings
Before that still undimmed, far, starry
    gleam,
Hear falling through the air that chant
    sublime,
"Peace, peace on earth !" I glimpse those
    shining wings,
And watch and wonder. Do I wake or
    dream ?
___Arthur Graves Canfield
 
Sunflowers
Selected by Arthur Richmond Marsh
(Lawrence: Journal Publishing Co. 1888)
Page 57
 
April 12, 2004 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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