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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
 
Waiting
By Charles Henry Crandall (1858–1923)
 
[Born in Greenwich, Washington Co., N. Y., 1858. Died in Stamford, Conn., 1923.]

AS little children in a darkened hall
  At Christmas-tide await the opening door,
  Eager to tread the fairy-haunted floor
Around the tree with goodly gifts for all,
Oft in the darkness to each other call—        5
  Trying to guess their happiness before—
  Or knowing elders eagerly implore
To tell what fortune unto them may fall:
So wait we in Time’s dim and narrow room,
  And, with strange fancies or another’s thought,        10
Try to divine before the curtain rise
The wondrous scene; forgetting that the gloom
  Must shortly flee from what the ages sought—
The Father’s long-planned gift of Paradise.

  The New-York Tribune. 1882.
 
 
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