John Hay

(8 October 1838 – 1 July 1905 / Salem, Indiana)

Sister Saint Luke - Poem by John Hay

She lived shut in by flowers and trees
And shade of gentle bigotries.
On this side lay the trackless sea,
On that the great world's mystery;
But all unseen and all unguessed
They could not break upon her rest.
The world's far splendors gleamed and flashed,
Afar the wild seas foamed and dashed;
But in her small, dull Paradise,
Safe housed from rapture or surprise,
Nor day nor night had power to fright
The peace of God that filled her eyes.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003



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