EARTH bears her sorrow gladly, like a nun,
Her young face glowing through the icy veil.
The storms that threaten her, the winds that rail,
Kindle a deeper color. She has won
Graces that please the high-enthronèd sun ;
Across her soft white robes that drift and trail
He casts his lordly purples, lest she quail
With the dead year, and deem that all is done.
She leadeth on through desolate sad days,
A smile upon her lips, a triumph-song
Shut in her heart. Be glad! so singeth she ;
Glad of the solitude, the silent ways, —
Yea, of the pain : so shall thy soul grow strong
For the brave spring that comes to set us free.
Harriet Monroe.