Category: Christian Living Poems
|Alone, alone!--the night is very silent,
Voiceless the stars are, and the pallid moon
Through the unknown sends down no tone, no utt'rance
To break the hush of midnight's solemn noon!
I stretch my arms toward the unanswering heavens,
'Tis empty space,--no form, no shape is here!
I call,--no answer to my cry is given,
Powerless my voice falls on Night's leaden ear!
Alone, alone!--I thought the dead were near me,--
The holy dead. E'en now, methought I heard
Low tones whose music long ago did cheer me,
That shadowy hands the parting branches stirred
'Twas but the night wind's mournful sigh above me,--
'Twas but the lonely streamlet's grieving tone,
No voice comes back from those who once did love me,--
No white hand beckons--I am all alone!
Alone?--not so! One sacred, unseen Presence
Fills the far depths, broods round me and above,
Enfolding all in His own Omnipresence,
Pervading all with His unstinted love,
In Him I live, and move, and have my being,
My soul's deep yearnings all to Him are known,
On me in kindness rests His eye all seeing,
His arm upholds me,--I am not alone!
- Mrs. J. C. Yule