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Heart not so heavy as mine

Language: English

[Heart not so heavy as mine,
Wending late home --
As it passed my window 
Whistled itself a tune -- ]1

[A careless snatch -- a ballad --
A Ditty of the street -- ]2
Yet to my [irritated]2 ear
An anodyne so sweet --

It was as if a Bobolink,
[Sauntering this way,]2
Carolled and mused, and carolled --
Then bubbled [slow]3 away.

It was as if a chirping brook
Upon a toilsome way,
Set bleeding feet to minuets
Without the knowing why --

[Tomorrow]4 -- night will come again --
[Perhaps -- tired and sore]5 --
[Oh Bugle, by the window]6,
I pray you stroll once more!

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1 Carter: "Heart, wending late home,/ As it passed my window/ Whistled itself a tune,/ Not so heavy as mine, / Whistled itself a tune,"
2 omitted by Carter.
3 Carter: "slowly"
4 Carter: "Heart not so heavy, / Tomorrow"
5 Carter: "Weary, perhaps, and sore"
6 Carter: "Ah bugle by my window"

Submitted by Emily Ezust


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Text added to the website: 2003-10-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:56
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