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Her Late Husband (Kings-Hintock 182-.)

 "No--not where I shall make my own; 
 But dig his grave just by 
The woman's with the initialed stone - 
 As near as he can lie - 
After whose death he seemed to ail, 
 Though none considered why.
"And when I also claim a nook, And your feet tread me in, Bestow me, under my old name, Among my kith and kin, That strangers gazing may not dream I did a husband win.
" "Widow, your wish shall be obeyed; Though, thought I, certainly You'd lay him where your folk are laid, And your grave, too, will be, As custom hath it; you to right, And on the left hand he.
" "Aye, sexton; such the Hintock rule, And none has said it nay; But now it haps a native here Eschews that ancient way .
And it may be, some Christmas night, When angels walk, they'll say: "'O strange interment! Civilized lands Afford few types thereof; Here is a man who takes his rest Beside his very Love, Beside the one who was his wife In our sight up above!'"

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