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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 Old Beau
By Edgar Fawcett (1847–1904)
 
HOW cracked and poor his laughter rings!
  How dulled his eye, once flashing warm!
But still a courtly pathos clings
  About his bent and withered form.
 
To-night, where mirth with music dwells,        5
  His wrinkled cheek, his locks of snow
Gleam near the grandsons of the belles
  He smiled on forty years ago!
 
We watch him here, and half believe
  Our gaze may witness, while he prates,        10
Death, like a footman, touch his sleeve
  And tell him that the carriage waits.
 
 
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