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DOUGLAS, DOUGLAS, TENDER AND TRUE, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Could ye come back to me, douglas, douglas
Last Line: Douglas, douglas, tender and true!
Alternate Author Name(s): Mulock, Dinah Maria
Variant Title(s): Too Late
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Love; Love - Loss Of; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness

Could ye come back to me, Douglas, Douglas,
In the old likeness that I knew,
I would be so faithful, so loving, Douglas,
Douglas, Douglas, tender and true.
Never a scornful word should grieve ye,
I'd smile on ye sweet as the angels do;
Sweet as your smile on me shone ever,
Douglas, Douglas, tender and true.
Oh, to call back the days that are not!
My eyes were blinded, your words were few:
Do you know the truth now, up in heaven,
Douglas, Douglas, tender and true?
I never was worthy of you, Douglas;
Not half worthy the like of you:
Now all men beside seem to me like shadows --
I love you, Douglas, tender and true.
Stretch out your hand to me, Douglas, Douglas,
Drop forgiveness from heaven like dew;
As I lay my heart on your dead heart, Douglas,
Douglas, Douglas, tender and true!

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