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Matthew Arnold (1822–88).  The Poems of Matthew Arnold, 1840–1867.  1909.
 
Empedocles on Etna, and Other Poems
Longing
 
[First published 1852. Reprinted 1855.]

  COME 1 to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again.
For then the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.
 
  Come, as thou cam’st a thousand times,        5
A messenger from radiant climes,
And smile on thy new world; and be
As kind to others as to me. 2
 
  Or, as thou never cam’st in sooth,
Come now, and let me dream it truth.        10
And part my hair, and kiss my brow,
And say—My love! why sufferest thou?
 
  Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again.
For then the night will more than pay        15
The hopeless longing of the day.
 
Note 1. Longing Title] Faded Leaves. V. Longing 1855. [back]
Note 2. to others as to me] to all the rest as me 1852. [back]
 
 
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