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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Katharine Tynan Hinkson. 1861–
 
38. All-Souls
 
THE door of Heaven is on the latch 
  To-night, and many a one is fain 
To go home for one's night's watch 
  With his love again. 
  
Oh, where the father and mother sit         5
  There's a drift of dead leaves at the door 
Like pitter-patter of little feet 
  That come no more. 
  
Their thoughts are in the night and cold, 
  Their tears are heavier than the clay,  10
But who is this at the threshold 
  So young and gay? 
  
They are come from the land o' the young, 
  They have forgotten how to weep; 
Words of comfort on the tongue,  15
  And a kiss to keep. 
  
They sit down and they stay awhile, 
  Kisses and comfort none shall lack; 
At morn they steal forth with a smile 
  And a long look back.  20
 
 
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