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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
A Saint’s Hours
 
Sarah N. Cleghorn
 
 
Her Matins

IN the still cold before the sun
  Her brothers and her sisters small
She woke, and washed and dressed each one.
 
Prime

And through the morning hours all
  Singing above her broom she stood        5
And swept the house from hall to hall.
 
Tierce

Then out she ran with tidings good
  Across the field and down the lane,
To share them with the neighborhood.
 
Sexts

Four miles she walked, and home again,
        10
  To sit through half the afternoon
And hear a feeble crone complain.
 
Nones

But when she saw the frosty moon
  And lakes of shadow on the hill,
Her maiden dreams grew bright as noon.        15
 
Vespers

She threw her pitying apron frill
  Over a little trembling mouse
When the sleek cat yawned on the sill.
 
Evensong

In the late hours and drowsy house,
  At last, too tired, beside her bed        20
She fell asleep—her prayers half said.
 

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