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Brave Men and Women

Brave Men and Women

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Publicado porDharmsen Soni

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Published by: Dharmsen Soni on Jan 26, 2011
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I saw him last night, with locks so gray, A long way off, as the light died

And I knew him at once, so often before Had he silently, mournfully passed
at my door.

He must be cold and weary, I said, Coming so far, with that measured

I will urge him to linger awhile with me Till his withering chill and
weariness flee.

A story--who knows?--he may deign to rehearse, And when he is gone I
will put it in verse.

I turned to prepare for the coming guest, With curious, troublous thoughts

The window I cheered with the taper's glow Which glimmered afar o'er the
spectral snow.

My anxious care the hearth-stone knew, And the red flames leaped and
beckoned anew.

But chiefly myself, with singular care, Did I for the hoary presence prepare.

Yet with little success, as I paced the room, Did I labor to banish a sense of

My thoughts were going and coming like bees, With store from the year's
wide-stretching leas;

Some laden with honey, some laden with gall, And into my heart they
dropped it all!

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