Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, IN THE DARK, by GEORGE ARNOLD

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First Line: All moveless stand the ancient cedar-trees
Last Line: Grant me to see the light!
Subject(s): Night; Sea; Bedtime; Ocean

All moveless stand the ancient cedar-trees
Along the drifted sand-hills where they grow;
And from the dark west comes a wandering breeze,
And waves them to and fro.

A murky darkness lies along the sand,
Where bright the sunbeams of the morning shone,
And the eye vainly seeks, by sea and land,
Some light to rest upon.

No large, pale star its glimmering vigil keeps;
An inky sea reflects an inky sky;
And the dark river, like a serpent, creeps
To where its black piers lie.

Strange salty odors through the darkness steal,
And through the dark, the ocean-thunders roll;
Thick darkness gathers, stifling, till I feel
Its weight upon my soul.

I stretch my hands out in the empty air;
I strain my eyes into the heavy night;
Blackness of darkness! -- Father, hear my prayer!
Grant me to see the light!

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