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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
I. Juvenile Poems.
Dirge over a Nameless Grave
BY yon still river, where the wave
  Is winding slow at evening’s close,
The beech, upon a nameless grave.
  its sadly-moving shadow throws.
O’er the fair woods the sun looks down        5
  Upon the many-twinkling leaves,
And twilight’s mellow shades are brown,
  Where darkly the green turf upheaves.
The river glides in silence there,
  And hardly waves the sapling tree:        10
Sweet flowers are springing, and the air
  Is full of balm—but where is she!
They bade her wed a son of pride,
  And leave the hope she cherished long:
She loved but one-and would not hide        15
  A love which knew a wrong.
And months went sadly on-and years:
  And she was wasting day by day:
At length she died—and many tears
  Were shed, that she should pass away.        20
Then came a gray old man, and knelt
  With bitter weeping by her tomb:
And others mourned for him, who felt
  That he had sealed a daughter’s doom.
The funeral train has long past on,        25
  And time wiped dry the father’s tear!
Farewell—lost maiden!—there is one
  That mourns thee yet—and he is here.

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