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INTO OUR NEW HOME.

INTO OUR NEW HOME.


THE hurry of the moving is over,
 And this is our bright new home,
Where never a sob has sounded,
 Where never a sin has come.

We seem to be shorter people,
 So missing our ceiling low;
The hall and the winding stairway
 Seem very long ways to go.

I stand on the threshold thinking
 Of guests we shall hither bring—
Guests who within are waiting,
 Smiling or sorrowing.

We bring it some pleasant laughter;
 Some tears, as a mortal must;
Some prayers, with our full thanksgiving;
 Some treasure that may not rust.

We'll find merry youth for Mabel;
 For Fred there is manhood s crown;
For the mother, life's sweet autumn,
 Golden, and red, and brown.

For me, as I linger longer,
 The silvery sifting snow
That comes in the truthful mirror
 As youth and its roses go.