She waits for me; my lady Earth, Smiles and waits and sighs; I'll say her nay, and hide away, Then take her by surprise.
Mary Mapes Dodge, How the Rain Comes, April.
Whenever a snowflake leaves the sky,It turns and turns to say "Good-by!Good-by, dear clouds, so cool and gray!"Then lightly travels on its way.Mary Mapes Dodge
But when a snowflake, brave and meek,Lights on a rosy maiden's cheek,It starts—"How warm and soft the day!""'T is summer!" and it melts away.Mary Mapes Dodge
Life is a mystery as deep as ever death can be;Yet oh, how dear it is to us, this life we live and see!Mary Mapes Dodge
But I believe that God is overheadAnd as life is to the living, so death is to the dead.Mary Mapes Dodge
For ever and ever, my darling, yes—Goodness and love are undying;Only the troubles and cares of earthAre winged from the first for flying.Our way we ploughIn the furrow "now;"But after the tilling and growing the sheaf;Soil for the root, but the sun for the leaf—And God keepeth watch forever.Mary Mapes Dodge