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[409] The meaning of that common dread
     No tongue has fitly told;
The secret of the dark surmise
     The brook and birches hold.

What nameless horror of the past
     Broods here forevermore?
What ghost his unforgiven sin
     Is grinding o'er and o'er?

Does, then, immortal memory play
     The actor's tragic part,
Rehearsals of a mortal life
     And unveiled human heart?

God's pity spare a guilty soul
     That drama of its ill,
And let the scenic curtain fall
     On Birchbrook's haunted mill!


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