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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
 
An Untimely Thought
By Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)
 
I WONDER what day of the week—
I wonder what month of the year—
Will it be midnight, or morning,
And who will bend over my bier?
 
—What a hideous fancy to come        5
As I wait, at the foot of the stair,
While Lilian gives the last touch
To her robe, or the rose in her hair.
 
Do I like your new dress—pompadour?
And do I like you? On my life,        10
You are eighteen, and not a day more,
And have not been six years my wife.
 
Those two rosy boys in the crib
Up-stairs are not ours, to be sure!—
You are just a sweet bride in her bloom,        15
All sunshine, and snowy, and pure.
 
As the carriage rolls down the dark street
The little wife laughs and makes cheer—
But … I wonder what day of the week,
I wonder what month of the year.        20
 
 
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