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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
The Seaside and the Fireside
By the Fireside.
The Open Window
 
          The old house by the lindens is what was known as the Lechmere house which formerly stood on Brattle Street, corner of Sparks Street, in Cambridge. It was in this house that Baron Riedesel was quartered as prisoner of war after the surrender of Burgoyne, and the windowpane used to be shown on which the Baroness wrote her name with a diamond.

THE OLD house by the lindens
  Stood silent in the shade,
And on the gravelled pathway
  The light and shadow played.
 
I saw the nursery windows        5
  Wide open to the air;
But the faces of the children,
  They were no longer there.
 
The large Newfoundland house-dog
  Was standing by the door;        10
He looked for his little playmates,
  Who would return no more.
 
They walked not under the lindens,
  They played not in the hall;
But shadow, and silence, and sadness        15
  Were hanging over all.
 
The birds sang in the branches,
  With sweet, familiar tone;
But the voices of the children
  Will be heard in dreams alone!        20
 
And the boy that walked beside me,
  He could not understand
Why closer in mine, ah! closer,
  I pressed his warm, soft hand!
 
 
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