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Edwin Arlington Robinson - The Children of the Night

For those that never know the light, 
The darkness is a sullen thing; 
And they, the Children of the Night, 
Seem lost in Fortune's winnowing. 

But some are strong and some are weak, -- 
And there's the story. House and home 
Are shut from countless hearts that seek 
World-refuge that will never come. 

And if there be no other life, 
And if there be no other chance 
To weigh their sorrow and their strife 
Than in the scales of circumstance, 

'T were better, ere the sun go down 
Upon the first day we embark, 
In life's imbittered sea to drown, 
Than sail forever in the dark. 

But if there be a soul on earth 
So blinded with its own misuse 
Of man's revealed, incessant worth, 
Or worn with anguish, that it views 

No light but for a mortal eye, 
No rest but of a mortal sleep, 
No God but in a prophet's lie, 
No faith for "honest doubt" to keep; 

If there be nothing, good or bad, 
But chaos for a soul to trust, -- 
God counts it for a soul gone mad, 
And if God be God, He is just. 

And if God be God, He is Love; 
And though the Dawn be still so dim, 
It shows us we have played enough 
With creeds that make a fiend of Him. 

There is one creed, and only one, 
That glorifies God's excellence; 
So cherish, that His will be done, 
The common creed of common sense. 

It is the crimson, not the gray, 
That charms the twilight of all time; 
It is the promise of the day 
That makes the starry sky sublime; 

It is the faith within the fear 
That holds us to the life we curse; -- 
So let us in ourselves revere 
The Self which is the Universe! 

Let us, the Children of the Night, 
Put off the cloak that hides the scar! 
Let us be Children of the Light, 
And tell the ages what we are! 

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: The Children of the Night

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Comment 1 of 2, added on December 1st, 2011 at 1:49 PM.
Children of the Night

My mother-age 94 in 2011-- had this poem committed to her memory

Jean from United States

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