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FRANCES BANNERMAN

896                                       An Upper Chamber

I CAME into the City and none knew me;
    None came forth, none shouted He is here!
Not a hand with laurel would bestrew me,
    All the way by which I drew anear
    Night my banner, and my herald Fear.
But I knew where one so long had waited
    In the low room at the stairways height,
Trembling lest my foot should be belated,
    Singing, sighing for the long hours flight
    Towards the moment of our dear delight.
I came into the City when you haild me
    Saviour, and again your chosen Lord:
Not one guessing what it was that faild me,
    While along the way as they adored
    Thousands, thousands, shouted in accord.

But through all the joy I knewI only
     How the hostel of my heart lay bare and cold,
Silent of its music, and how lonely!
     Never, though you crown me with your gold,
     Shall I find that little chamber as of old!

 

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