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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 Shadow Boat
By Arlo Bates (1850–1918)
 
[From Berries of the Brier. 1886.]

UNDER my keel another boat
Sails as I sail, floats as I float;
  Silent and dim and mystic still,
It steals through that weird nether-world,
  Mocking my power, though at my will        5
The foam before its prow is curled,
Or calm it lies, with canvas furled.
 
Vainly I peer, and fain would see
What phantom in that boat may be;
  Yet half I dread, lest I with ruth        10
Some ghost of my dead past divine,
  Some gracious shape of my lost youth,
Whose deathless eyes once fixed on mine
Would draw me downward through the brine!
 
 
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