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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
By Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)
THE NEW moon hung in the sky,
  The sun was low in the west,
And my betroth’d and I
  In the churchyard paused to rest—
    Happy maiden and lover,        5
    Dreaming the old dream over:
The light winds wander’d by,
  And robins chirp’d from the nest.
And lo! in the meadow-sweet
  Was the grave of a little child,        10
With a crumbling stone at the feet,
  And the ivy running wild—
    Tangled ivy and clover
    Folding it over and over:
Close to my sweetheart’s feet        15
  Was the little mound up-piled.
Stricken with nameless fears
  She shrank and clung to me,
And her eyes were fill’d with tears
  For a sorrow I did not see:        20
    Lightly the winds were blowing,
    Softly her tears were flowing—
Tears for the unknown years,
  And a sorrow that was to be!

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