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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
 
“Douglas, Douglas, Tender and True”
By Dinah Mulock Craik
 
COULD ye come back to me, Douglas, Douglas,
In the old likeness that I knew,
I would be so faithful, so loving, Douglas,
Douglas, Douglas, tender and true.
 
Never a scornful word should grieve ye,        5
I ’d smile on ye sweet as the angels do;—
Sweet as your smile on me shone ever,
Douglas, Douglas, tender and true.
 
Oh, to call back the days that are not!
My eyes were blinded, your words were few;        10
Do you know the truth now up in heaven,
Douglas, Douglas, tender and true?
 
I never was worthy of you, Douglas;
Not half worthy the like of you:
Now all men beside seem to me like shadows—        15
I love you, Douglas, tender and true.
 
Stretch out your hand to me, Douglas, Douglas,
Drop forgiveness from heaven like dew;
As I lay my heart on your dead heart, Douglas,
Douglas, Douglas, tender and true.        20
 
 
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