Anonymous—nor needs a name
To tell the secret whence the flame,
With light, and warmth, and incense, came
A new creation to proclaim.
So was it when, His labor done,
God saw His work, and smiled thereon:
His glory in the picture shone,
But name upon the canvas, none.
First the grain, and then the blade—
The one destroyed, the other made;
Then stalk and blossom, and again
The gold of newly minted grain.
So Life, by Death the reaper cast
To earth, again shall rise at last;
For ’tis the service of the sod
To render God the things of God.
Each separate life is fed
From many a fountain-head;
Tides that we never know
Into our being flow,
And rays of the remotest star
Converge to make us what we are.
Alike from depths of joy and sorrow start
The rain-drops of the heart:
Alike from sweet and briny waves arise
The tear-drops of the skies.
And back to earth salt tears and freshening rain
Alike must flow again.
The little dome that holds the brain,
Whereby he measures from afar
The influence of steadfast star
Or moving moon and sun—
Both vaster mysteries contain
Than those he looks upon;
Nay, such the marvel that perchance
The spheres in mute amazement scan,
The while they meet his upward glance,
The deeper mind of man.
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“Anonymous”: Lyrics, p. 22, Poetry, p. 160. 1897. Anonymous means without a name.
“Earth’s Tribute”: Poems, p. 86, Poetry, p. 159. April 1892. The last line alludes to the answer given by the Lord Jesus to the Pharisees and Herodians in Matthew 22:15-22.
“Influences”: Later Poems, p. 98; Poetry, p. 117. December 1908.
“Fountain-Heads”: Poems, p. 47; Poetry, p. 111. December 1893.
“The Astronomer”: Father Tabb: A Study, p. 204; Poetry, p. 118. 1923. Perchance means perhaps, maybe, possibly.