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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


By Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)

SOMEWHERE—in desolate wind-swept space—

In Twilight-land—in No-man’s-land—

Two hurrying Shapes met face to face,

And bade each other stand.

“And who are you?” cried one a-gape,

Shuddering in the gloaming light.

“I know not,” said the second Shape,

“I only died last night!”