The Two Lands.
- Dim was the land, like some realm Under-
- Where stealthy shadows skulked the
- dark day long;
- The murky mists hid all the hill-tops round,
And leafless woods were gay with no
- bird's song.
- There no man knew if he went right
- or wrong,
- Where was no sun nor moon nor any star.
Before, a shape, mist-muffled, fled along,
- Bright-eyed, and beckoned me who
- followed far.
- "What land is this?" I questioned with
- a shout.
- "O youth," it said, "this is the land of
- Long leagues I followed on that self-same
- That shape that turned not to the left
- nor right,
- And now I lost it in the fogs by day,
And now I found its flashing eyes by
- Until, one morn, the freshly kindling
- Saw a new land. No mist nor shade was
- But flowers and all things pleasant to
- the sight,
- And at my side the shape, divinely fair.
"Welcome," it said; "this is my land,
- O youth!"
- "And who art thou?" It answered,
- "I am Truth."
___Arthur Graves Canfield