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ELEGY AS the tired day Stoops at the western gate Her sandals to
undo, And in the amber blue Of vesper skies The one fair star is
late, My eyes Take tears from my sad heart; And thoughts as gray
Gather a deeper night Than now descends on me, Wherein I cannot see
In any niche A lamp's unfailing light, From which Old loves,
consoled, depart; But vain to say, Beloved, the void is dumb, And
all the stars a snare To widen its despair, For love must sigh A
prayer when death shall come, And I Would be whate'er thou art!
AUTUMNAL GRIEF LEAVES on the ground, Dead as hope in my heart; Only
a withered sound The wild gusts start. Bare branches, too, Lift
like my soul a lyre, Where winds of song rush through With wasted
fire. And the harsh sky, Callous to my despair, From one who may
not die Repels the prayer. TWILIGHT AT WOODLAWN THE vesper through
the silent vista steals Beside a cross a marble angel kneels; And
in the loveliest city of the dead, A carpet of autumnal leaves is
spread; But not as velvet for a royal room I tread its ashen echo
to a tomb. The gray forgetting of the lonely years Forbids my arid
eyes the olden tears; And age, that leaves me dreaming where I
stand, Has dried my sorrow like the desert sand. DOMIDUCA
ODOMIDUCA, dearest deity! Joy of the home-returning, all my heart
Ascends in prayer, mingled with tears, to thee ! O Goddess of the
hearth, who ne'er would part, But bring the absent dear one
evermore Home to the watcher waiting at the door. O Domiduca,
tenderer than all, When life is ended, take me by the hand And
guide me where the darker shadows fall! Ah, show the immortal
threshold where they stand Eager to greet me, even as of old, With
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