Poetry of Kansas

Out In The Dark.

       DEAR, I must go.
The old clock says it: nine___ten___hark !
       Of course the old clock can not know,
       That every hour-beat is a blow
       Upon my heart___I love you so.
       Some day we'll taunt the old clock though___
Dear I must go___out in the dark.
       Out in the dark,
Where, on the night wind sweet I throw
       A kiss my love guides to its mark;
       And where each mellow heav'nly spark
       Joins in a love song that the lark
       Translates at morn; where dreams embark___
Out in the dark___dear, I must go.
       Dear, I must go,
For God hath willed it, loved one, hark!
       And He alone can truly know
       How crushed and bruised beneath His blow
       Our hearts are, for we love love so___
       Some day we'll triumph o'er Death though___
Dear, I must go___out in the dark.
       Out in the dark,
Where hov'ring near you I shall throw
       My love about you, and you'll mark
       My presence by the glowing spark
       That mem'ry breathes on; the meadow lark___
       At dusk will call you to embark___
Out in the dark. Dear, I must go.
Hold to my hand, dear heart, for oh,
       I am so weak, yes, dear, blind___stark:
And God___I do not want to go
       Out in the dark.

__William Allen White.

Rhymes by Two Friends
Albert Bigelow Paine & William Allen White
(Fort Scott: M. L. Izor and Son. 1893)
Pages 227-228
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