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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: II. For Children
The Shadows
Frank Dempster Sherman (1860–1916)
 
ALL up and down in shadow-town
  The shadow children go;
In every street you ’re sure to meet
  Them running to and fro.
 
They move around without a sound,        5
  They play at hide-and-seek,
But no one yet that I have met
  Has ever heard them speak.
 
Beneath the tree you often see
  Them dancing in and out,        10
And in the sun there ’s always one
  To follow you about.
 
Go where you will, he follows still,
  Or sometimes runs before,
And, home at last, you ’ll find him fast        15
  Beside you at the door.
 
A faithful friend is he to lend
  His presence everywhere;
Blow out the light—to bed at night—
  Your shadow-mate is there!        20
 
Then he will call the shadows all
  Into your room to leap,
And such a pack! they make it black,
  And fill your eyes with sleep!
 
 
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