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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

A Lament

By Arlo Bates (1850–1918)

[From Berries of the Brier. 1886.]

LET gleeful muses sing their roundelays!

So might my muse have sung;

But in the jocund days

When she was young,

She chanced upon a grave

New-made, and since, there strays

A mournful cadence through her lightest stave.

Her mask, however gay,

Still covers cheeks tear-wet;

She cannot, in her singing, smile

Until she can forget.