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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
To a Late Comer
By Julia C. R. Dorr
WHY didst thou come into my life so late?
  If it were morning I could welcome thee
  With glad all-hails, and bid each hour to be
The willing servitor of thine estate,
Lading thy brave ships with Time’s richest freight;        5
  If it were noonday I might hope to see
  On some fair height thy banners floating free,
And hear the acclaiming voices call thee great!
But it is nightfall and the stars are out;
  Far in the west the crescent moon hangs low,        10
    And near at hand the lurking shadows wait;
Darkness and silence gather round about,
  Lethe’s black stream is near its overflow,—
    Ah, friend, dear friend, why didst thou come so late?
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