On a picture of Ruth

        Fresh, through the mist of ages past,
            Thou risest on our view,
        As when from Judah's waving fields,
            Thy footsteps brushed the dew.
 
        Yet 'tis not for thy beauty's sake
            We thus remember thee;
        Although a chieftain's captive heart
            Attests its potency; --
 
        Not for the quiet interest
            Thy simple story brings;
        And not that from thy side there sprung
            A line of prophet-kings.
 
        But for that changeless, deathless love,
            The true soul only knows,
        That still, as darker lowers the night,
            Serener, brighter glows.
 
        That love that led thee forth to seek
            The stranger's chill abode, --
        Upon whose altar thou couldst lay
            Thy home, thy land, thy God.
 

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.