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Poem by William Dean Howells

A Poet

From wells where Truth in secret lay
He saw the midnight stars by day.

"O marvellous gift!" the many cried,
"O cruel gift!" his voice replied.

The stars were far, and cold, and high,
That glimmered in the noonday sky;

He yearned toward the sun in vain,
That warmed the lives of other men.

William Dean Howells

William Dean Howells's other poems:
  1. The Song the Oriole Sings
  2. In Earliest Spring
  3. Vision
  4. The Two Wives
  5. The Sarcastic Fair

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Thomas Hardy A Poet ("Attentive eyes, fantastic heed") July 1914

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