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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
133. Tenants
 
By Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
 
 
SUDDENLY, out of dark and leafy ways,
We came upon the little house asleep
In cold blind stillness, shadowless and deep,
In the white magic of the full moon-blaze:
Strangers without the gate, we stood agaze,        5
Fearful to break that quiet, and to creep
Into the home that had been ours to keep
Through a long year of happy nights and days.
 
So unfamiliar in the white moon-gleam,
So old and ghostly like a house of dream        10
It stood, that over us there stole the dread
That even as we watched it, side by side,
The ghosts of lovers, who had lived and died
Within its walls, were sleeping in our bed.
 

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