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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
VIII. Wedded Love
In Twos
William Channing Gannett (1840–1923)
 
SOMEWHERE in the world there hide
Garden-gates that no one sees
Save they come in happy twos,—
Not in one, nor yet in threes.
 
But from every maiden’s door        5
Leads a pathway straight and true;
Map and survey know it not,—
He who finds, finds room for two!
 
Then they see the garden-gates!
Never skies so blue as theirs,        10
Never flowers so many-sweet,
As for those who come in pairs.
 
Round and round the alleys wind:
Now a cradle bars the way,
Now a little mound, behind,—        15
So the two go through the day.
 
When no nook in all the lanes
But has heard a song or sigh,
Lo! another garden-gate
Opens as the two go by.        20
 
In they wander, knowing not;
“Five and twenty!” fills the air
With a silvery echo low,
All about the startled pair.
 
Happier yet these garden-walks:        25
Closer, heart to heart, they lean;
Stiller, softer, falls the light;
Few the twos, and far between.
 
Till, at last, as on they pass
Down the paths so well they know,        30
Once again at hidden gates
Stand the two: they enter slow.
 
Golden Gates of “Fifty Years,”
May our two your latchet press!
Garden of the Sunset Land,        35
Hold their dearest happiness!
 
Then a quiet walk again:
Then a wicket in the wall:
Then one, stepping on alone,—
Then two at the Heart of All!        40
 
 
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