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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
 
The Stirrup-Cup
By John Hay (1838–1905)
 
MY short and happy day is done;
The long and lonely night comes on,
And at my door the pale horse stands
To carry me to unknown lands.
 
His whinny shrill, his pawing hoof,        5
Sound dreadful as a gathering storm;
And I must leave this sheltering roof
And joys of life so soft and warm.
 
Tender and warm the joys of life—
Good friends, the faithful and the true;        10
My rosy children and my wife,
So sweet to kiss, so fair to view.
 
So sweet to kiss, so fair to view:
The night comes on, the lights burn blue;
And at my door the pale horse stands        15
To bear me forth to unknown lands.
 
 
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