Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, DISCIPLINE, by THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH



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First Line: In the crypt at the foot of the stairs
Last Line: That vanished from time to time!
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


IN the crypt at the foot of the stairs
They lay there, a score of the Dead:
They could hear the priest at his prayers,
And the litany overhead.

They knew when the great crowd stirred
As the Host was lifted on high;
And they smiled in the dark when they heard
Some light-footed nun trip by.

Side by side on their shelves
For years and years they lay;
And those who misbehaved themselves
Had their coffin-plates taken away.

Thus is the legend told
In black-letter monkish rhyme,
Explaining those plaques of gold
That vanished from time to time!





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