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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
 
Echo
By Christina Rossetti (1830–1894)
 
COME to me in the silence of the night;
  Come in the speaking silence of a dream;
Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright
  As sunlight on a stream;
        Come back in tears,        5
O memory, hope, love of finished years.
 
Oh dream how sweet, too sweet, too bitter sweet,
  Whose wakening should have been in Paradise,
Where souls brimfull of love abide and meet;
  Where thirsting longing eyes        10
        Watch the slow door
That opening, letting in, lets out no more.
 
Yet come to me in dreams, that I may live
  My very life again though cold in death:
Come back to me in dreams, that I may give        15
  Pulse for pulse, breath for breath:
        Speak low, lean low,
As long ago, my love, how long ago!
 
 
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