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THE MOON OF OTHER DAYS

Beneath the deep verandah's shade,
When bats begin to fly,
I sit me down and watch—alas
Another evening die.
Blood-red behind the sere ferash
She rises through the haze.
Sainted Diana! can that be
The Moon of Other Days?


Ah! shade of little Kitty Smith,
Sweet Saint of Kensington!
Say, was it ever thus at Home
The Moon of August shone,
When arm in arm we wandered long
Through Putney's evening haze,
And Hammersmith was Heaven beneath
The Moon of Other Days?


But Wandle's stream is Sutlej now,

And Putney's evening haze

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