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Martha Hussey Lamberton


Across the ocean streams a flood of light,
     Huge waves, aglow with brightness, rise and fall;
A wondrous beauty clothes the peaceful night,
     As soft the moonbeams glisten over all;
From out the dark, where dashing breakers roar,   
     One silver path creeps downward to our feet;
It sparkles, trembles, dimples to the shore,
     And stretches far, where sky and wavelets meet.

Upon life’s sea of surging human woes
     A glory shines, though dark the night and drear;
Before each soul a silver pathway glows—
     A path of duty, radiant and clear.
We cannot see another’s guide, nor view
     The whole grand glory flash from shore to shore;
One tender gleam shines ever calm and true,
     And leads to rest and peace forevermore.

This poem is in the public domain.

Martha Hussey Lamberton (1860 - 1932) published this poem in Poems of Nantucket (Henry S. Wyer, 1888), contributed something to St. Nicholas: A Monthly Magazine for Boys and Girls in May 1877, and was listed in the 1901-02 Rochester (New York) Society Blue Book. She lived in Rochester most of her life, but spent her summers on Nantucket Island. If you have any additional information about this poet, please contact us.


Post New Comment:
Such lovely images, and wonderfully refreshing. Thank you, Jayne!
Posted 02/17/2022 01:00 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
I agree wholeheartedly with the previous comments and just add one word: perfect!
Posted 02/16/2022 11:47 AM
Beautiful poem!!
Posted 02/16/2022 09:55 AM
Such a thoughtful and lyrical poem. It seems that poetry has a blessed pattern of healing in this turbulent world as we read such as this poem.
Posted 02/16/2022 09:19 AM
No additional information here, but what a talent! Great rhymes, sounds, and visuals. So grateful for the introduction to a poet largely under the radar.
Posted 02/16/2022 09:18 AM

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