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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 Bewildered Guest
By William Dean Howells (1837–1920)
 
From ‘Stops of Various Quills’

I WAS not asked if I should like to come.
  I have not seen my host here since I came,
  Or had a word of welcome in his name.
Some say that we shall never see him, and some
That we shall see him elsewhere, and then know        5
  Why we were bid. How long I am to stay
  I have not the least notion. None, they say,
Was ever told when he should come or go.
But every now and then there bursts upon
  The song and mirth a lamentable noise,        10
  A sound of shrieks and sobs, that strikes our joys
Dumb in our breasts; and then, some one is gone.
They say we meet him. None knows where or when.
We know we shall not meet him here again.
 
 
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