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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
A Lost Graveyard
By John James Piatt (1835–1917)
 
NEAR by, a soundless road is seen, o’ergrown with grass and brier;
Far off, the highway’s signal flies—a hurrying dust of fire.
 
But here among forgotten graves, in June’s delicious breath,
I linger where the living loved to dream of lovely death.
 
Worn letters, lit with heavenward thought, these crumbled headstones wear;        5
Fresh flowers (old epitaphs of Love) are fragrant here and there.
 
Years, years ago, these graves were made—no mourners come to-day:
Their footsteps vanished, one by one, moving the other way.
 
Through the loud world they walk, or lie—like those here left at rest—
With two long-folded useless arms on each forgotten breast.        10
 
 
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