Sanctuary Sunshine House Sonnets

by Bliss Carman

Illustrations by Whitman Bailey




Look out, dear heart, above the twilight wood!
There in the blue-gray of the winter dusk,
Above the dark-lined tree-tops still with cold,
The evening star in limpid glory hangs,—
In everlasting beauty as it hung
Above the walls of Ninevah and Tyre,
And where the Lesbian oleanders flowered,
The lover’s star of prophesy and peace.
Ah, yes, unsullied and immortal still,
It shines for you and me, and will shine on
When we have left this lovely country side,
Forever lighting up the dream of man,—
The star of friendship and felicity,
A lamp within the entry of the night.