She was my sister's guest. you know. I'd loved her long and truly ; We'd been betrothed 8ome weeks ago, I and this charmiug Julie. 'Twas afler tea, one afternoon, In cold and bleak December ; The twilight fllled the dark'ning room , Distlnctly I remember. Beslde the windovr, all alone, I waited for her cotning ; l'pon the window-pane meanwliile My restlesa üngers drumming. Her step upon the stair was heard, The curtain feil, concealing My presence ; naught wlthin the room The fire's faint glow revealing. She stepped within : I gave a boundI held her close- I kissed her. My heart beat fast - she spoke aloud - Alas ! It was- my xUter!