I think I hear the sound of horses' feet
   Beating upon the graveled avenue.
Go to the window that looks on the street,
   He would not let me die alone, I knew."
Back to the couch the patient watcher passed,
And said: "It is the wailing of the blast."

She turned upon her couch and, seeming, slept,
   The long, dark lashes shadowing her cheek;
And on and on the weary moments crept,
   When suddenly the watcher heard her speak:
1"I think I hear the sound of horses' hoofs--"
And answered, "'Tis the rain upon the roofs."

Unbroken silence, quiet, deep, profound.
   The restless sleeper turns: "How dark, how late!
What is it that I hear--a trampling sound?
   I think there is a horseman at the gate."
The watcher turns away her eyes tear-blind:
"It is the shutter beating in the wind."

The dread hours passed; the patient clock ticked on;
   The weary watcher moved not from her place.
The gray dim shadows of the early dawn
   Caught sudden glory from the sleeper's face.
"He comes! my love! I knew he would!" she cried;
And smiling sweetly in her slumbers, died.

Kingdom of love and How Salvator won by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Chicago, W.B. Conkey company [1902].

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