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Sir Thomas Tryout
By H. P. Lovecraft

Died Nov. 15, 1921

To the venerable cat of a quaint gentleman in His Majesty’s Province of ye Massachusetts-Bay, who publishes an amateur magazine call’d The Tryout.

The autumn hearth is strangely cold
     Despite the leaping flame,
And all the cheer that shone of old
     Seems lessen’d, dull’d, and tame.

For on the rug where lately doz’d
     A small and furry form,
An empty space is now disclos’d,
     That no mere blaze can warm.

The frosty plain and woodland walk
     In equal sadness sigh
For one who may no longer stalk
     With sylvan hunter’s eye.

And if as olden Grecians tell,
     Amidst the thickets deep
A host of fauns and dryads dwell,
     I know that they must weep.

Must weep when autumn twilight brings
     Its mem’ries quaint to view,
Of all the little playful things
     That TOM was wont to do.

So tho’ the busy world may pass
     With ne’er a tearful sign
The tiny mound of struggling grass
     Beneath the garden vine,

There’s many an eye that fills tonight,
     And many a pensive strain
That sounds for him who stole from sight
     In the November rain.

No sage can trace his soul’s advance,
     Or say it lives at all,
For Death against our curious glance
     Has rear’d a mighty wall.

Yet tender Fancy fain would stray
     To fair Hesperian bow’rs,
Where TOM may always purr and play
     Amidst the sun and flow’rs.
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