Happy Days

Happy Days  (1885) 
by Mary Hannay Foott

A fringe of rushes — one green line
   Upon a faded plain;
A silver streak of water-shine —
   Above, tree-watchers twain.
It was our resting-place awhile,
   And still, with backward gaze,
We say: "'Tis many a weary mile —
   But there were happy days."

And shall no ripple break the sand
   Upon our farther way?
Or reedy ranks all knee-deep stand?
   Or leafy tree-tops sway?
The gold of dawn is surely met
   In sunset's lavish blaze;
And — in horizons hidden yet —
   There shall be happy days.

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