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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
695. Prescience
By Thomas Bailey Aldrich
THE NEW moon hung in the sky,
  The sun was low in the west,
And my betrothed and I
  In the churchyard paused to rest—
    Happy maiden and lover,        5
    Dreaming the old dream over:
The light winds wandered by,
  And robins chirped from the nest.
And, lo! in the meadow-sweet
  Was the grave of a little child,        10
With a crumbling stone at the feet,
  And the ivy running wild—
    Tangled ivy and clover
    Folding it over and over:
Close to my sweetheart’s feet        15
  Was the little mound up-piled.
Stricken with nameless fears,
  She shrank and clung to me,
And her eyes were filled with tears
  For a sorrow I did not see:        20
    Lightly the winds were blowing,
    Softly her tears were flowing—
Tears for the unknown years
  And a sorrow that was to be!


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