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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
North-west Passage: 2. Shadow March
By Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)
ALL round the house is the jet-black night;
  It stares through the window-pane;
It crawls in the corners, hiding from the light,
  And it moves with the moving flame.
Now my little heart goes a-beating like a drum,        5
  With the breath of the Bogie in my hair;
And all round the candle the crooked shadows come
  And go marching along up the stair.
The shadow of the balusters, the shadow of the lamp,
  The shadow of the child that goes to bed—        10
All the wicked shadows coming, tramp, tramp, tramp,
  With the black night overhead.

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