Poetry of Kansas


The crimson light grows fainter in the west,
    I see Day's distant torches flare and fade;
    Across the purple twilight's deepening shade
A homeward bird fares toward its waiting nest.

In this still hour no sound of discord mars
    The solitude that to the spirit lends
    Its benison; while graciously descends
The tranquil benediction of the stars.

Within her realm of silence Night doth keep
    The troubled world; to weary hands and eyes
    From out the lofty, over-brooding skies
God gives His ever-blessèd boon of sleep.

__Allen D. Gray.

Kansas in Literature
Part 1. Poetry
Edited by W. M. Davidson
(Topeka: Crane & Co. 1900)
Page 92-93

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