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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1035. The Manor Lord
 
By George Houghton
 
 
BESIDE the landsman knelt a dame,
  And slowly pushed the pages o’er;
Still by the hearth-fire’s spending flame
  She waited, while a hollow roar
Came from the chimney, and the breath        5
  Of twice seven hounds upon the floor;
And, save the old man’s labored moan,
  The night had no sound more.
 
The fire flickered; with a start
  The master hound upflung his head;        10
Sudden he whined, when with one spring
  Each hunter bounded from his bed,—
And through rent blind and bolted door
  All voiceless every creature fled;
The blinking watcher closed her book;        15
  “Amen, our lord is dead!”
 

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