This shall be my contribution to National Poetry Month today:
Yet A Little While
by Mary J MacColl
Beyond the clouds smiles the clear blue sky,
and the sun will shine when the storm blows by.
In the frost-bound earth through the winter lay
the flowers that in beauty bloom today,
and soon from the buds on the bare brown trees
will banners of green be unfurled to the breeze.
Cloud, flower, and leaf, ye are teachers three
of the many my Father hath given to me.
The lesson ye teach I can understand;
to me ’tis as rain to the thirsty land.
I know that the sunlight will gild my sky,
in the sweet, mysterious “by-and-by”
and from chilly realms of dark despair
will spring Hope’s blossoms fresh and fair.
Then my heart will thrill like a wind-kissed leaf,
though it fainteth now ‘neath a weight of grief.
Oh, Thou who dost clothe the lilies aye,
in light or in shade may I feel Thee nigh.
May my faith burn bright and my love be strong,
though the tempest rage and the night be long.
Help me to work while ’tis yet today—
ere the twilight falleth cold and gray;
help me with careful hand to sow
good seed from whose germs no tares may grow.
May the Lord of the harvest upon me smile,
when He cometh to reap in “a little while.”
From the book, BIDE A WEE by Mary J MacColl,
published in 1880 by Peter Paul & Brother of Buffalo, NY.
I found this book in a sale somewhere, still in fairly good shape, with gold-trimmed cover edges and letters! And on the first page there are impressive endorsements of Miss MacColl’s poetry from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry W Longfellow, Joaquin Miller, and John G Whittier.