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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Ruined Chapel
By William Allingham (1824–1889)
 
From ‘Day and Night Songs’

BY the shore, a plot of ground
Clips a ruined chapel round,
Buttressed with a grassy mound;
  Where Day and Night and Day go by
And bring no touch of human sound.        5
 
Washing of the lonely seas,
Shaking of the guardian trees,
Piping of the salted breeze;
  Day and Night and Day go by
To the endless tune of these.        10
 
Or when, as winds and waters keep
A hush more dead than any sleep,
Still morns to stiller evenings creep,
  And Day and Night and Day go by;
Here the silence is most deep.        15
 
The empty ruins, lapsed again
Into Nature’s wide domain,
Sow themselves with seed and grain
  As Day and Night and Day go by;
And hoard June’s sun and April’s rain.        20
 
Here fresh funeral tears were shed;
Now the graves are also dead;
And suckers from the ash-tree spread,
  While Day and Night and Day go by;
And stars move calmly overhead.        25
 
 
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