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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889


By Charles Henry Crandall (1858–1923)

[Born in Greenwich, Washington Co., N. Y., 1858. Died in Stamford, Conn., 1923.]

AS little children in a darkened hall

At Christmas-tide await the opening door,

Eager to tread the fairy-haunted floor

Around the tree with goodly gifts for all,

Oft in the darkness to each other call—

Trying to guess their happiness before—

Or knowing elders eagerly implore

To tell what fortune unto them may fall:

So wait we in Time’s dim and narrow room,

And, with strange fancies or another’s thought,

Try to divine before the curtain rise

The wondrous scene; forgetting that the gloom

Must shortly flee from what the ages sought—

The Father’s long-planned gift of Paradise.

The New-York Tribune. 1882.