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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