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Alfred Lord Tennyson(1850)

from In Memoriam; section 7

Dark house, by which once more I stand
MeterDark house, by which once more I stand
Here in the long unlovely street,
MeterHere in the long unlovely street,
Doors, where my heart was used to beat
MeterDoors, where my heart was used to beat
So quickly, waiting for a hand,
MeterSo quickly, waiting for a hand,

A hand that can be clasped no more-
MeterA hand that can be clasped no more-
Behold me, for I cannot sleep,
MeterBehold me, for I cannot sleep,
And like a guilty thing I creep
MeterAnd like a guilty thing I creep
At earliest morning to the door.
MeterAt earliest morning to the door.

He is not here; but far away
MeterHe is not here; but far away
The noise of life begins again,
MeterThe noise of life begins again,
And ghastly through the drizzling rain
MeterAnd ghastly through the drizzling rain
On the bald street breaks the blank day.
MeterOn the bald street breaks the blank day.

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