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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
COME to me in the silence of the night;
  Come in the speaking silence of a dream;
Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright
  As sunlight on a stream;
    Come back in tears,        5
O memory, hope, love of finished years.
O dream how sweet, too sweet, too bitter sweet,
  Whose wakening should have been in Paradise,
Where souls brimfull of love abide and meet;
  Where thirsting longing eyes        10
    Watch the slow door
That opening, letting in, lets out no more.
Yet come to me in dreams, that I may live
  My very life again though cold in death:
Come back to me in dreams, that I may give        15
  Pulse for pulse, breath for breath:
    Speak low, lean low,
As long ago, my love, how long ago.

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