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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
Love Songs
 
Sara Teasdale (1884–1933)
 
 
COME

COME, 1 when the pale moon like a petal
  Floats in the pearly dusk of Spring,
Come with arms outstretched to take me,
  Come with lips that long to cling.
 
Come, for life is a frail moth flying,        5
  Caught in the web of the years that pass,
And soon we two, so warm and eager,
  Will be as the gray stones in the grass.
 
MESSAGE

I HEARD a cry in the night,
  A thousand miles it came,        10
Sharp as a flash of light,
  My name, my name!
 
It was your voice I heard,
  You waked and loved me so—
I send you back this word,        15
  I know, I know!
 
MOODS

I AM the still rain falling,
  Too tired for singing mirth—
Oh, be the green fields calling,
  Oh, be for me the earth!        20
 
I am the brown bird pining
  To leave the nest and fly—
Oh, be the fresh cloud shining,
  Oh, be for me the sky!
 
NIGHT SONG AT AMALFI

I ASKED 2 the heaven of stars
        25
  What I should give my love—
It answered me with silence,
  Silence above.
 
I asked the darkened sea
  Down where the fishers go—        30
It answered me with silence,
  Silence below.
 
Oh, I could give him weeping,
  Or I could give him song—
But how can I give silence        35
  My whole life long?
 
SONG

LET it be forgotten as a flower is forgotten,
  Forgotten as a fire that once was singing gold,
Let it be forgotten forever and ever,
  Time is a kind friend, he will make us old.        40
 
If any one asks, say it was forgotten
  Long and long ago,
As a flower, as a fire, as a hushed footfall
  In a long forgotten snow.
 
Note 1. Reprinted by permission of the publishers, from Love Songs, by Sara Teasdale. Copyright, 1917, by The Macmillan Company. [back]
Note 2. Reprinted by permission of the publishers, from Love Songs, by Sara Teasdale. Copyright, 1917, by The Macmillan Company. [back]
 

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