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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
If You Were Here
 
Philip Bourke Marston (1850–87)
 
 
A Song in Winter
 
 
O LOVE, if you were here
  This dreary, weary day,—
If your lips, warm and dear,
  Found some sweet word to say,—
Then hardly would seem drear        5
  These skies of wintry gray.
 
But you are far away,—
  How far from me, my dear!
What cheer can warm the day?
  My heart is chill with fear,        10
Pierced through with swift dismay;
  A thought has turn’d Life sere:
 
If you from far away
  Should come not back, my dear;
If I no more might lay        15
  My hand on yours, nor hear
That voice, now sad, now gay,
  Caress my listening ear;
 
If you from far away
  Should come not more, my dear,—        20
Then with what dire dismay
  Year joined to hostile year
Would frown, if I should stay
  Where memories mock and jeer!
 
But I would come away        25
  To dwell with you, my dear;
Through unknown worlds to stray,—
  Or sleep; nor hope, nor fear,
Nor dream beneath the clay
  Of all our days that were.        30
 

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