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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
 
Service
By Anna Hempstead Branch
 
IF I could only serve him,
  How sweet this life would be.
Last night I dreamed my darling,
  Alive, returned to me.
 
I brought him from the cupboard        5
  The things he liked to eat,—
The little piece of honey,
  The rye bread and the meat.
 
I sang the song he asked for
  The night he went away.        10
How was it, when I loved him,
  I could have said him nay!
 
I took the time to please him,
  With a hand upon his brow.
Amid the awful leisure        15
  There was no hurry now.
 
How strange I once denied him
  What took so little while.
A kiss would seem so simple,
  So slight a thing a smile.        20
 
With pleased sweet looks of wonder
  He took what I could give,—
Such words as we deny them
  Only because they live.
 
The pale light of the morning        25
  Shone in upon the wall.
Come back to me, my darling,
  And I will give you all.
 
 
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