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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Sophie Jewett (Ellen Burroughs) (1861–1909)

“If Spirits Walk”

  • “I have heard (but not believed) that spirits of the dead
  • May walk again.”

  • IF spirits walk, Love, when the night climbs slow

    The slant footpath where we were wont to go,

    Be sure that I shall take the selfsame way

    To the hill-crest, and shoreward, down the gray

    Sheer graveled slope where straggling vetches grow.

    Look for me not when gusts of winter blow,

    When at thy pane beat hands of sleet and snow;

    I would not come thy dear eyes to affray,

    If spirits walk.

    But when in June the pines are whispering low,

    And when their breath plays with thy bright hair so

    As some one’s fingers once were used to play,

    That hour when birds leave song and children pray,—

    Keep the old tryst, sweetheart, and thou shalt know

    If spirits walk.