A Young Inquirer by Charlotte Mellen Packard


HOW does life look behind the Hill?

All the suns I have ever seen

Peeped from over a mountain screen,

Stretched a finger of rosy light

Through some crevice to paint "Good-night;"

Up the darkness the great round moon

Floated by like a red balloon,

Hung and glittered awhile, until

It went to the people behind the Hill.

The earth spins round, the mountain is still

Men and women they come and they go,

Children play in the valley below.

Winds are roaring, or winds are whist,

Sun may pass, there is rain and mist,

The world we know is a bright world still,

But ah, for the other behind the Hill!

Voices are calling me day by day—

I listen, and wonder whatever they say!

The valleys are pleasant, and days are long

With play and study, with work and song—

But a boy keeps planning for other things,

There's room in his restless body for wings,

And fancy will never fold them until

He sees for himself what is over the Hill.

But most I dream of the unknown sea

Where brave ships hasten like birds set free,

Where plunging breakers ride high and loud

Till the sailor is lost between wave and cloud.

Oh the sunny lands, and the frozen zone,

The forests where never a man is known!

There are wonders and wonders waiting still

For a boy who has never looked over the Hill!