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Then the sound of drums aroused me. The
awakened city's roar Chased the phantoms I had summoned back into
their graves once more.
Hours had passed away like minutes; and, before
I was aware, Lo! the shadow of the belfry crossed the sun
A GLEAM OF SUNSHINE.
This is the place. Stand still, my steed,
Let me review the scene,
The forms that once have been.
The Past and Present here unite
Beneath Time's flowing tide, Like footprints hidden by a brook,
But seen on either side.
Here runs the highway to the town ;
There the green lane descends, Through which I walked to church with thee,
O gentlest of my friends!
The shadow of the linden-trees
Lay moving on the grass ;
A shadow, thou didst pass.
Thy dress was like the lilies,
And thy heart as pure as they : One of God's holy messengers
Did walk with me that day.
I saw the branches of the trees
Bend down thy touch to meet, The clover-blossoms in the grass
Rise up to kiss thy feet.