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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Too Late
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826–87)
“Dowglas, Dowglas, Tendir and Treu”
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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