James Whitcomb Riley

(7 October 1849 - 22 July 1916 / Greenfield, Indiana)

His Vigil - Poem by James Whitcomb Riley

Close the book and dim the light,
I shall read no more to-night.
No--I am not sleepy, dear--
Do not go: sit by me here
In the darkness and the deep
Silence of the watch I keep.
Something in your presence so
Soothes me--as in long ago
I first felt your hand--as now--
In the darkness touch my brow;
I've no other wish than you
Thus should fold mine eyelids to,
Saying nought of sigh or tear--
Just as God were sitting here.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010

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