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Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935).  Collected Poems. 1921.
  
VII. The Three Taverns
17. Souvenir
  
A VANISHED house that for an hour I knew
By some forgotten chance when I was young
Had once a glimmering window overhung
With honeysuckle wet with evening dew.
Along the path tall dusky dahlias grew,        5
And shadowy hydrangeas reached and swung
Ferociously; and over me, among
The moths and mysteries, a blurred bat flew.
 
Somewhere within there were dim presences
Of days that hovered and of years gone by.       10
I waited, and between their silences
There was an evanescent faded noise;
And though a child, I knew it was the voice
Of one whose occupation was to die.

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