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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 Dream
By Milicent Washburn Shinn (1858–1940)
 
IF I shall find myself, long after death,
  In some vast darkness walking all alone,
And strain my every sense and hold my breath,
  Because each step before me is unknown;
If, all around, the darkness blank and still        5
  Hangs heavily and thick with shapeless dread,
And I go ever on without my will,
  Yet dare not stop nor even turn my head,
But tremble, sick with terror, lest I may
  At any instant cower to feel the clutch        10
Of something that has followed all the way—
  If then thy sudden hand my shoulder touch,
I shall not shudder. Longed-for touch and dear,
How should I fail to know thee even here?
 
 
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