Love’s Lantern
(For Aline)
Because the road was steep and long
   And through a dark and lonely land,
God set upon my lips a song
   And put a lantern in my hand.
Through miles on weary miles of night
   That stretch relentless in my way
My lantern burns serene and white,
   An unexhausted cup of day.
O golden lights and lights like wine,
   How dim your boasted splendors are.
Behold this little lamp of mine;
   It is more starlike than a star!

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Lane Core Jr. (
Created April 3, 2001; not revised.