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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
 
An Old Song
By Fannie Stearns Davis
 
AND if I came not again
After certain days;
If no morning sun or rain
Met me on their ways;
 
If the meadows knew no more        5
How my feet go free,
And the folded hills forbore
Any speech of me;
 
If you did not find me here,
At the door at night,        10
And the cold hearth kept no cheer,
And the panes no light;—
 
Oh, if I came not again,
Would you miss me much?
Would your fingers once be fain        15
Of my wandering touch?
 
Would you dream me at your side
In the waking wood,
Where the old spring hungers hide
In blue solitude?        20
 
Would you wonder where I passed,
Into joy or pain?
Oh, to know you cared, at last,
Came I not again!
 
 
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