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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. V: Literature of the Republic, Part II., 1821–1834
 
Annie in the Graveyard
By Caroline Howard Gilman (1794–1888)
 
SHE bounded o’er the graves,
With a buoyant step of mirth;
She bounded o’er the graves,
Where the weeping willow waves,
Like a creature not of earth.        5
 
Her hair was blown aside,
And her eyes were glittering bright;
Her hair was blown aside,
And her little hands spread wide,
With an innocent delight.        10
 
She spelt the lettered word
That registers the dead;
She spelt the lettered word,
And her busy thoughts were stirred
With pleasure as she read.        15
 
She stopped and culled a leaf
Left fluttering on a rose;
She stopped and culled a leaf,
Sweet monument of grief,
That in our church-yard grows.        20
 
She culled it with a smile—
’Twas near her sister’s mound:
She culled it with a smile,
And played with it awhile,
Then scattered it around.        25
 
I did not chill her heart,
Nor turn its gush to tears;
I did not chill her heart—
Oh, bitter drops will start
Full soon in coming years.        30
 
 
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