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

LET gleeful muses sing their roundelays!
      So might my muse have sung;
    But in the jocund days
      When she was young,
    She chanced upon a grave        5
New-made, and since, there strays
A mournful cadence through her lightest stave.
 
    Her mask, however gay,
      Still covers cheeks tear-wet;
    She cannot, in her singing, smile        10
      Until she can forget.
 
 
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