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Grace Noll Crowell
“The mocking bird is music-mad tonight, / He thinks the stars are notes; / That he must sing each spattered star, and be / A choir of many throats.”
“I shall attend to my little errands of love early this year, / So that the brief days before Christmas may be unhampered and clear / of the fever of hurry. The breathless rushing I have known in the past / shall not possess me. I shall be calm in my soul and ready at last / for Christmas. I shall have leisure — I shall go out alone from my roof and my door; / I shall not miss the silver silence of stars as I have before. / And oh, perhaps ... if I stand there very still ... and very long / I shall hear what the clamor of living has kept from me — The Angels' Song!”
“I shall be kind today — / So many hearts are sad; / So many hearts are breaking / With the sorrow they have had. / I shall go forward softly / Where pain has had its way; / I would not walk roughshod across / The fabric of the day. / I must be very gentle / Lest I should tear apart / Some old wound long in healing / Within a human heart. / I shall reach out to aid those / Who are bowed down with care; / Perhaps there is some burden / That I can help them bear.”
Grace Noll Crowell, U.S. writer, poet
(1877 - 1969)