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The House
By H. P. Lovecraft

     ’Tis a grove-circled dwelling
          Set close to a hill,
     Where the branches are telling
          Strange legends of ill;
     Over timbers so old
          That they breathe of the dead,
     Crawl the vines, green and cold,
          By strange nourishment fed;
And no man knows the juices they suck from the depths of their dank slimy bed.

     In the gardens are growing
          Tall blossoms and fair,
     Each pallid bloom throwing
          Perfume on the air;
     But the afternoon sun
          With its shining red rays
     Makes the picture loom dun
          On the curious gaze,
And above the sween scent of the the blossoms rise odours of numberless days.

     The rank grasses are waving
          On terrace and lawn,
     Dim memories sav’ring
          Of things that have gone;
     The stones of the walks
          Are encrusted and wet,
     And a strange spirit stalks
          When the red sun has set,
And the soul of the watcher is fill’d with faint pictures he fain would forget.

     It was in the hot Junetime
          I stood by that scene,
     When the gold rays of noontime
          Beat bright on the green.
     But I shiver’d with cold,
          Groping feebly for light,
     As a picture unroll’d—
          And my age-spanning sight
Saw the time I had been there before flash like fulgury out of the night.
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