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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 Shadow
By Minot Judson Savage (1841–1918)
 
[Poems. 1882.]

IN a bleak land and desolate,
  Beyond the earth somewhere,
Went wandering through death’s dark gate
  A soul into the air.
 
And still, as on and on it fled,        5
  A wild, waste region through,
Behind there fell the steady tread
  Of one that did pursue.
 
At last he paused, and looked aback;
  And then he was aware        10
A hideous wretch stood in his track,
  Deformed, and cowering there.
 
“And who art thou,” he shrieked in fright,
  “That dost my steps pursue?
Go, hide thy shapeless shape from sight,        15
  Nor thus pollute my view!”
 
The foul form answered him: “Alway
  Along thy path I flee.
I’m thine own actions. Night and day
  Still must I follow thee!”        20
 
 
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