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Over a slow-dying fire,
   Dreaming old dreams, I am sitting;
The flames leap up and expire;
   A woman sits opposite knitting.

I've taken a Fate to wife;
   She knits with a half-smile mocking
Me, and my dreams, and my life,
   All into a worsted stocking.

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This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.