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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1461. When Love Comes Knocking
 
By William Henry Gardner
 
 
WHEN Love comes knocking at thy gate,
  Bid him at once depart:
He will be patient, and will wait
  The bidding of thy heart.
 
Tell him he knocketh there in vain;        5
  That he may ne’er come in:
He ’ll smiling leave, but come again,
  Thy loving heart to win.
 
Then, when at last he knocks in tears,
  Oh! open wide Love’s gate:        10
He ’ll soon forget his foolish fears,
  And vow ’t was sweet to wait.
 

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