To O.B.F. (continued).

From: The Bird and the Bell with Other Poems (1875)
Author: Christopher Pearse Cranch
Published: Osgood and Company 1875 Boston


ALONE you stand, a herald of the morn
Of reason, faith, and large humanity,—
Auroral airs of earth and heaven born,
Blown from the east across time’s changeful sea.
One day the world will know you, ranked with those
Who foremost in the nation’s honor stand,—
The poet seers, who, as the century grows,
Give it a shape, with heart and brain and hand
Pledged to the truth. I only say what all
Will know, when clearer lamps are lit than now
In Christendom’s dim crypts stand flickering low;
And fain to yon would bring some coronal
Worthier than this small wreath of song I weave:
The fuller praise the riper times will give.


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