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The clouds scarce dim the water's sheen, The moon-bathed islands wanly show, And sweet words falter to and fro -- Though the great River rolls between.
"Oh, but--but you've made an awful mistake, d-dear," she faltered. "I'm only Nancy.
"I--I was thinkin' about--Miss Polly," faltered Nancy.
'When I was last here,' I faltered, 'Miss Dartle told me he was sailing here and there.
He faltered, and then became motion- less, save for his quivering knees.
"I--don't know what you mean," he faltered. "I haven't a headache!"
At those last words her voice--quiet and even through the earlier part of her sad story--began to falter once more.
"Mother Moscow, the white..." his voice faltered, and he gave way to an old man's sob.
I am trying to separate myself from remembrances--'her voice faltered; she paused to control herself--'from remembrances,' she resumed,
But Arthur never faltered. He looked like a figure of Thor as his untrembling arm rose and fell, driving deeper and deeper the mercy-bearing stake, whilst the blood from the pierced heart welled and spurted up around it.
Sometimes her fingers touched the notes with a lingering fondness--a soft, plaintive, dying tenderness, unutterably beautiful and mournful to hear; sometimes they faltered and failed her, or hurried over the instrument mechanically, as if their task was a burden to them.
"Let it only be noised afield," said I to myself, and it will resound greatly to his Excellency's credit.-- So I expressed myself enthusiastically on the subject and never faltered. On the contrary, I felt proud to have such a story to tell.