By The Fireside The Open Window

I

The old house by the lindens
Stood silent in the shade,
And on the gravelled pathway
The light and shadow played.

II

I saw the nursery windows
Wide open to the air;
But the faces of the children,
They were no longer there.

III

The large Newfoundland house-dog
Was standing by the door;
He looked for his little playmates,
Who would return no more.

IV

They walked not under the lindens,
They played not in the hall;
But shadow, and silence, and sadness
Were hanging over all.

V

The birds sang in the branches,
With sweet, familiar tone;
But the voices of the children
Will be heard in dreams alone!

VI

And the boy that walked beside me,
He could not understand
Why closer in mine, ah! closer,
I pressed his warm, soft hand!

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