Poetry of Kansas

Human Faith

The spring that strives, complaining, to be free,
      Or sluggish lingers in the vale below;
      Although it wander from my sight, I know
'Twill one day reach the bosom of the sea.

A soul has left the earth, and silent flown,
      A spirit purer than the mountain spring,
      With truer course than has the plumed wing,
And on an unknown, untried journey gone.

I know the brook will find the ocean deep,
      The weary bird the distant sunny land;
      And yet, and yet–O God, forgive! I stand
Beside the dead, and pray, and doubt, and weep.

__Hattie Horner.

Kansas in Literature
(Topeka: Crane & Co. 1900)

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April 17, 2002 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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