Edward Robeson Taylor

1838 - 1923 / Springfield, Illinois

Ghosts

The ghosts that come from out the years,
Dream-winged and purged of passion's fears,
Troop round me now as oft before,
In love to lead my footsteps o'er
The paths my heart of heart endears.

What hope-wreathed joy on joy appears,
What bloomy cheeks no anguish sears,
What vasty skies wherein to soar,
O time of old!

Their voices die upon mine ears,
I cry to them, but no one hears,
While other ghosts around me pour-
The ghosts of Now that madly roar,
And mock my unrelieving tears,
O time of old!
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