James Brunton Stephens

(17 June 1835 – 29 June 1902 / Borrowstounness, on the Firth of Forth, Scotland;)

James Brunton Stephens Poems

41. Quart Pot Creek 3/3/2010
42. Song From “fayette'' 3/3/2010
43. Spirit And Star 3/3/2010
44. Spirit Of Song 1/4/2003
45. Stabat Mater 3/3/2010
46. Stanzas For Music 3/3/2010
47. The Angel Of The Doves 3/3/2010
48. The Boy Crusader 3/3/2010
49. The Chamber Of Faith 3/3/2010
50. The Courtship Of The Future 3/3/2010
51. The Dark Companion 1/4/2003
52. The Dominion 3/3/2010
53. The Dominion Of Australia 3/3/2010
54. The Famine In Ireland 3/3/2010
55. The Gentle Anarchist 3/3/2010
56. The Goths In Campania (Placidia, In The Tent Of Adolphus.) 3/3/2010
57. The Great Pig Story Of The Tweed 3/3/2010
58. The Headless Trooper 3/3/2010
59. The Midnight Axe 3/3/2010
60. The Power Of Science 3/3/2010
61. The Southern Cross 3/3/2010
62. The Squatter's Baccy Famine 3/3/2010
63. The Story Of A Soul 3/3/2010
64. The Turn Of The Road 4/16/2010
65. To A Black Gin 3/3/2010
66. Universally Respected 3/3/2010
Best Poem of James Brunton Stephens


The night was creeping on the ground;
She crept and did not make a sound
Until she reached the tree, and then
She covered it, and sole again
Along the grass beside the wall.

I heard the rustle of her shawl
As she threw blackness everywhere
Upon the sky and ground and air,
And in the room where I was hid:
But no matter what she did
To everything that was without,
She could not put my candle out.

So I stared at the night, and she
Stared back solemnly at me.

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The Dark Companion

There is an orb that mocked the lore of sages
   Long time with mystery of strange unrest;
The steadfast law that rounds the starry ages
   Gave doubtful token of supreme behest.

But they who knew the ways of God unchanging,
   Concluded some far influence unseen --
Some kindred sphere through viewless ethers ranging,
   Whose strong persuasions spanned the void between.

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