Beside the Narrow Crossing-Place
(And night was falling gray)
Two Shadows met the legends tell . . .
Each Shadow went its way.
But there was anguish in their eyes,
And tears in both their hearts,
Beside the Narrow Crossing-Place,
Where Shade from Shadow parts.
For they had seen the Rising Sun
In opal and in rose,
For they had seen the Rising Sun,
Who saw the long day close.
And had they met at Morn or Noon
Who met the shades between?
Ay! had they met at Morn or Noon . . .
And so — the Might-Have-been!
E. J. Brady, The Earthen Floor, Grafton (N.S.W.): Grip Newspaper Co., 1902
ay = (commonly spelt “aye”) yes (may also be used to express agreement, assent, or the acceptance of an order)
morn = morning