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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Thomas Buchanan Read. 1822–1872
 
148. Some Things Love Me
 
ALL within and all without me 
  Feel a melancholy thrill; 
And the darkness hangs about me, 
  Oh, how still; 
To my feet, the river glideth         5
  Through the shadow, sullen, dark; 
On the stream the white moon rideth, 
  Like a barque— 
And the linden leans above me, 
  Till I think some things there be  10
In the dreary world that love me, 
  Even me! 
  
Gentle buds are blooming near me, 
  Shedding sweetest breath around; 
Countless voices rise, to cheer me,  15
  From the ground; 
And the lone bird comes—I hear it 
  In the tall and windy pine 
Pour the sadness of its spirit 
  Into mine;  20
There it swings and sings above me, 
  Till I think some things there be 
In this dreary world that love me, 
  Even me! 
  
Now the moon hath floated to me,  25
  On the stream I see it sway, 
Swinging, boat-like, as 't would woo me 
  Far away— 
And the stars bend from the azure, 
  I could reach them where I lie,  30
And they whisper all the pleasure 
  Of the sky. 
There they hang and smile above me, 
  Till I think some things there be 
In the very heavens that love me,  35
  Even me! 
 
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