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After the Supper and Talk.


After the supper and talk—after the day is done, As a friend from friends his final withdrawal prolonging, Good-bye and Good-bye with emotional lips repeating, (So hard for his hand to release those hands—no more will they  
No more for communion of sorrow and joy, of old and young, A far-stretching journey awaits him, to return no more,) Shunning, postponing severance—seeking to ward off the last  
 word ever so little,
E'en at the exit-door turning—charges superfluous calling back—  
 e'en as he descends the steps,
Something to eke out a minute additional—shadows of nightfall  
Farewells, messages lessening—dimmer the forthgoer's visage  
 and form,
Soon to be lost for aye in the darkness—loth, O so loth to de- 
Garrulous to the very last.
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