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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Echo
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
 
From ‘Poems’

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 brimful 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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