John Hay

John Hay

October 8, 1838 - July 1, 1905


Sister Saint Luke

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.


Copyright 1897
Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Boston
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