2.—Comfort in the Night.

She thought by heaven’s high wall that she did stray1
Till she beheld the everlasting gate ;2
And she climbed up to it to long, and wait ;3
Feel with her hands (for it was night), and lay4
Her lips to it with kisses ;  thus to pray5
That it might open to her desolate.6
And lo !  it trembled, lo !  her passionate7
Crying prevailed. A little little way8
It opened : there fell out a thread of light,9
And she saw wingèd wonders move within,10
Also she heard sweet talking as they meant11
To comfort her. They said, “ Who comes to-night12
Shall one day certainly an entrance win ;”13
Then the gate closed and she awoke content.14