Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VI. Fancy: Sentiment
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
Poems of Sentiment: IV. Thought: Poetry: Books
Thy Songs and Mine
Julia C. R. Dorr (1825–1913)
SING thou my songs for me when I am dead!
    Soul of my soul, some day thou wilt awake
    To see the morning on the hilltops break,
And the far summits flame with rosy red—
But I shall wake not, though above my head        5
    Armies should thunder; nor for Love’s sweet sake,
    Though he the tenderest pilgrimage should make
Where I am lying in my grassy bed.
I shall be silent, with my song half sung;
    I shall be dumb, with half the story told;        10
    I shall be mute, leaving the half unsaid.
Take thou the harp ere it be yet unstrung—
    Wake thou the lyre ere yet its chords be cold—
    Sing thou my songs, and thine, when I am dead!

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