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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

An Old Thought

By Charles Henry Lüders (1858–1891)

FRAMED in the cavernous fire-place sits a boy,

Watching the embers from his grandsire’s knee:

One sees red castles rise, and laughs with joy;

The other marks them crumble, silently.