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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
Rose (Terry) Cooke. 1827–1892
167. The Two Villages
OVER the river, on the hill, 
Lieth a village white and still; 
All around it the forest-trees 
Shiver and whisper in the breeze; 
Over it sailing shadows go         5
Of soaring hawk and screaming crow, 
And mountain grasses, low and sweet, 
Grow in the middle of every street. 
Over the river, under the hill, 
Another village lieth still;  10
There I see in the cloudy night 
Twinkling stars of household light, 
Fires that gleam from the smithy's door, 
Mists that curl on the river-shore; 
And in the roads no grasses grow,  15
For the wheels that hasten to and fro. 
In that village on the hill 
Never is sound of smithy or mill; 
The houses are thatched with grass and flowers; 
Never a clock to toll the hours;  20
The marble doors are always shut, 
You cannot enter in hall or hut; 
All the villagers lie asleep; 
Never a grain to sow or reap; 
Never in dreams to moan or sigh;  25
Silent and idle and low they lie. 
In that village under the hill, 
When the night is starry and still, 
Many a weary soul in prayer 
Looks to the other village there,  30
And weeping and sighing, longs to go 
Up to that home from this below; 
Longs to sleep in the forest wild, 
Whither have vanished wife and child, 
And heareth, praying, this answer fall:  35
"Patience! that village shall hold ye all!" 

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