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First Line: I wonder what day of the week
Last Line: I wonder what month of the year.
Subject(s): Time; Death; Dead, The

I WONDER what day of the week --
I wonder what month of the year --
Will it be midnight, or morning,
And who will bend over my bier?

-- What a hideous fancy to come
As I wait, at the foot of the stair,
While Lilian gives the last touch
To her robe, or the rose in her hair.

Do I like your new dress -- pompadour?
And do I like you? On my life,
You are eighteen, and not a day more,
And have not been six years my wife.

Those two rosy boys in the crib
Up-stairs are not ours, to be sure! --
You are just a sweet bride in her bloom,
All sunshine, and snowy, and pure.

As the carriage rolls down the dark street
The little wife laughs and makes cheer --
But ... I wonder what day of the week,
I wonder what month of the year.

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