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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Western States: Blue Lick Springs, Ky.
The Shadows in the Valley
Henry Lynden Flash (1835?–1914)
 
THERE ’s a mossy, shady valley,
  Where the waters wind and flow,
And the daisies sleep in winter,
  ’Neath a coverlid of snow;
And violets, blue-eyed violets,        5
  Bloom in beauty in the spring,
And the sunbeams kiss the wavelets,
  Till they seem to laugh and sing.
 
But in autumn, when the sunlight
  Crowns the cedar-covered hill,        10
Shadows darken in the valley,
  Shadows ominous and still;
And the yellow leaves like banners
  Of an elfin-host that ’s fled,
Tinged with gold and royal purple,        15
  Flutter sadly overhead.
 
And those shadows, gloomy shadows,
  Like dim phantoms on the ground,
Stretch their dreamy lengths forever
  On a daisy-covered mound.        20
And I loved her, yes, I loved her,
  But the angels loved her, too,
So she ’s sleeping in the valley,
  ’Neath the sky so bright and blue.
 
And no slab of pallid marble        25
  Rears its white and ghastly head,
Telling wanderers in the valley
  Of the virtues of the dead;
But a lily is her tombstone,
  And a dew-drop, pure and bright,        30
Is the epitaph an angel wrote
  In the stillness of the night.
 
And I ’m mournful, very mournful,
  For my soul doth ever crave
For the fading of the shadows        35
  From that little woodland grave;
For the memory of the loved one
  From my soul will never part,
And those shadows in the valley
  Dim the sunshine of my heart.        40
 
 
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