Cross Roads

Author: Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

The Haunted House

It stands neglected, silent, far from the ways of men,
A lonely little cottage beside a lonely glen;
And, dreaming there, I saw it when sunset’s golden
Had touched it with the glory of other, sweeter days.

They say the house is haunted, and — well, it is, I
For every empty window just aches with loneliness;
With loneliness that tortures and memory that flays;
Ah, yes, the house is haunted with ghosts of other

The ghost of childish laughter rings on the narrow
And, from a silent corner, the murmur of a prayer
Steals out, and then a love song, and then a bugle
And steps that do not falter along the quiet hall.

The story of the old house that stands beside the
That story is forgotten by every one; but when
The house is touched and softened by sunset’s golden
I know that ghosts must haunt it, the ghosts of
sweeter days.


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Chicago: Margaret Elizabeth Sangster, "The Haunted House," Cross Roads, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Cross Roads (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed November 28, 2023,

MLA: Sangster, Margaret Elizabeth. "The Haunted House." Cross Roads, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Cross Roads, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 28 Nov. 2023.

Harvard: Sangster, ME, 'The Haunted House' in Cross Roads, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Cross Roads, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 28 November 2023, from