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THE HOUSE OF YESTERDAY, by            
First Line: There's an old vacant house on the great highway
Last Line: I stop just a moment, to show that I care.
Subject(s): Houses, Deserted; Memory; Ruins


There's an old vacant house on the great highway—
In fact, the house is a ruin today,
But I see far back of its present decay—
Far far back to what it was yesterday.

And as I pass by on the friendly old road
Whereon a man carries his burdensome load,
It seems but the right thing to me, somehow,
To greet the old house with a word or a bow.

For it is not like a house that is new,
Where no one has lived. But where children grew,
Worked, loved and suffered—they left atmosphere;
No wonder the old house like some friend, is dear.

Why sometimes when, thoughtfully I walk along,
I fancy I hear in the old house a song
Or some one calling from window or stair
I stop just a moment, to show that I care.





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