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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1368. The Second Volume
 
By Robert Mowry Bell
 
 
IN the groined alcoves of an ancient tower
Amid a wealth of treasured tomes I found
A little book, in choicest vellum bound:
Therein a romance of such magic power
It held me rapt through many a trancëd hour;        5
And then, the threads of interest all unwound,
Abruptly closed. I searched that palace round,
And for its mate still earth’s preserves I scour.
Perchance that was the whole? Then purposeless
The pain of conflict, and the bitter doubt        10
But half resolved; love in a dire distress,
Deserted, baffled, with its joy left out.
Could life so end, half told; its school so fail?
Soul, soul, there is a sequel to thy tale!
 

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