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Lines and shadows

Lines and shadows

When evening shadows fall,
She hangs her cares away
Like empty garments on the wall
That hides her from the day;
And while old memories throng,
And vanished voices call,
She lifts her grateful heart in song
When evening shadows fall.

Her weary hands forget
The burdens of the day.
The weight of sorrow and regret
In music rolls away;
And from the day’s dull tomb,
That holds her in its thrall,
Her soul springs up in lily bloom
When evening shadows fall.

James Whitcomb Riley, American Poet 1849-1916

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