Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Janet Adam Smith, ed., The Collected Poems of Robert Louis Stevenson, p. 284:


The embers of the day are red
Beyond the murky hill.
The kitchen smokes: the bed
In the darkling house is spread:
The great sky darkens overhead,
And the great woods are shrill.
So far have I been led,
Lord, by Thy will:
So far I have followed, Lord, and
wondered still.

The breeze from the embalmed land
Blows sudden toward the shore,
And claps my cottage door.
I hear the signal, Lord -- I understand.
The night at Thy command
Comes. I will eat and sleep and will not
question more.

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