A Parting-Scene

The two pale women cried,

But the man seemed to suffer more,

Which he strove hard to hide.

They stayed in the waiting-room, behind the door,

Till startled by the entering engine-roar,

As if they could not bear to have unfurled

Their misery to the eyes of all the world.

A soldier and his young wife

Were the couple; his mother the third,

Who had seen the seams of life.

He was sailing for the East I later heard.

— They kissed long, but they did not speak a word;

Then, strained, he went. To the elder the wife in tears

" Too long; too long!" burst out. ('Twas for five years.)

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