Cross Roads

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Author: Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

Preface

The candlelight sweeps softly through the room,
Filling dim surfaces with golden laughter,
Touching with mystery each high hung rafter,
Cutting a path of promise through the gloom.

Slim little elves dance gently on each taper,
Wistful, small ghosts steal out of shrouded
corners —
And, like a line of vague enchanted mourners,
Great shadows sway like wind-blown sheets of paper.

Gently as fingers drawn across your hair,
I see the yellow flicker of it creep —
And in a silence that is kin to sleep,
I feel a world away from pain and care.

Roads stretch like arms across the world outside,
Roads reach to strife, to happiness, to fame —
Here, in the candlelight, I speak your name,
Here we are at life’s cross way, side by side!

OH, THERE ARE BROOKS THERE, AND FIELDS THERE AND NOOKS
THERE —
NOOKS WHERE A SEEKER MAY FIND FOREST FLOWERS;
BLUE IS THE SKY THERE, AND SOFT WINDS CREEP BY THERE,
SINGING A SONG THROUGH THE LONG SUMMER HOURS.

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Chicago: Margaret Elizabeth Sangster, "Preface," Cross Roads, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Cross Roads (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed May 19, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1UAK6XA1CJPZX1R.

MLA: Sangster, Margaret Elizabeth. "Preface." Cross Roads, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Cross Roads, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 19 May. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1UAK6XA1CJPZX1R.

Harvard: Sangster, ME, 'Preface' in Cross Roads, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Cross Roads, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 19 May 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1UAK6XA1CJPZX1R.