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First Line: The new moon hung in the sky
Last Line: And a sorrow that was to be!
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness

THE new moon hung in the sky,
The sun was low in the west,
And my betrothed and I
In the churchyard paused to rest --
Happy maiden and lover,
Dreaming the old dream over:
The light winds wandered by,
And robins chirped from the nest.

And, lo! in the meadow-sweet
Was the grave of a little child,
With a crumbling stone at the feet,
And the ivy running wild --
Tangled ivy and clover
Folding it over and over:
Close to my sweetheart's feet
Was the little mound up-piled.

Stricken with nameless fears,
She shrank and clung to me,
And her eyes were filled with tears
For a sorrow I did not see:
Lightly the winds were blowing,
Softly her tears were flowing --
Tears for the unknown years
And a sorrow that was to be!

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