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LXIX

In the blue opal of a winter noon,
When all the world was a white floor
Lit by the northern sun,
I saw with naked eyes a midday star
Burn on like gleaming spar,
Where all its fellows of the mighty dusk
Had perished one by one.

When I shall have put by the vagrant will,
And down this rover's twilight road
Emerge into the sun,
Be thou my only sheer and single star,
Known, named, and followed far,
When all these Jack-o'-lantern hopes and fears
Have perished one by one!

--From Songs of the sea children / Bliss Carman [electronic text]
Carman, Bliss, 1861-1929
Courtesy of the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative American Verse Project.

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