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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
From Far
By Philip Bourke Marston (1850–1887)
“O LOVE, come back, across the weary way
Thou wentest yesterday—
                Dear Love, come back!”
“I am too far upon my way to turn:
Be silent, hearts that yearn        5
                Upon my track.”
“O Love! Love! Love! sweet Love, we are undone,
If thou indeed be gone
                Where lost things are.”
“Beyond the extremest sea’s waste light and noise,        10
As from Ghost-land, my voice
                Is borne afar.”
“O Love, what was our sin, that we should be
Forsaken thus by thee?
                So hard a lot!”        15
“Upon your hearts my hands and lips were set—
My lips of fire—and yet,
                Ye knew me not.”
“Nay, surely, Love! We knew thee well, sweet Love!
Did we not breathe and move        20
                Within thy light?”
“Ye did reject my thorns who wore my roses;
Now darkness closes
                Upon your sight.”
“O Love! stern Love! be not implacable.        25
We loved thee, Love, so well!
                Come back to us.”
“To whom, and where, and by what weary way
That I went yesterday,
                Shall I come thus?”        30
“O weep, weep, weep! for Love, who tarried long
With many a kiss and song,
                Has taken wing.
“No more he lightens in our eyes like fire;
He heeds not our desire,        35
                Or songs we sing.”

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