Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SERVICE, by ANNA HEMPSTEAD BRANCH

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First Line: If I could only serve him
Last Line: And I will give you all.
Subject(s): Love

IF I could only serve him,
How sweet this life would be.
Last night I dreamed my darling,
Alive, returned to me.
I brought him from the cupboard
The things he liked to eat, --
The little piece of honey,
The rye bread and the meat.
I sang the song he asked for
The night he went away.
How was it, when I loved him,
I could have said him nay!
I took the time to please him,
With a hand upon his brow,
Amid the awful leisure
There was no hurry now.
How strange I once denied him
What took so little while.
A kiss would seem so simple,
So slight a thing a smile.
With pleased sweet looks of wonder
He took what I could give, --
Such words as we deny them
only because they live.
The pale light of the morning
Shone in upon the wall.
Come back to me, my darling,
And I will give you all.

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