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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
The Unknown Belovèd
 
John Hall Wheelock
 
 
I DREAMED I passed a doorway
    Where, for a sign of death,
White ribbons one was binding
    About a flowery wreath.
 
What drew me so I know not,        5
    But drawing near I said,
“Kind sir, and can you tell me
    Who is it here lies dead?”
 
Said he, “Your most belovèd
    Died here this very day,        10
That had known twenty Aprils
    Had she but lived till May.”
 
Astonished I made answer,
    “Good sir, how say you so!
Here have I no belovèd,        15
    This house I do not know.”
 
Quoth he, “Who from the world’s end
    Was destined unto thee
Here lies, thy true belovèd
    Whom thou shalt never see.”        20
 
I dreamed I passed a doorway
    Where, for a sign of death,
White ribbons one was binding
    About a flowery wreath.
 

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