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First Line: When the dews are earliest falling
Last Line: I return, return, return.
Subject(s): Dew

WHEN the dews are earliest falling,
When the evening glen is grey,
Ere thou lookest, ere thou speakest,
My beloved,
I depart, and I return to thee, --
Return, return, return.

Dost thou watch me while I traverse
Haunts of men, beneath the sun --
Dost thou list while I bespeak them
With a voice whose cheer is thine?
O my brothers! men, my brothers,
You are mine, and I am yours;
I am yours to cheer and succour,
I am yours for hope and aid:
Lo, my hand to raise and stay you,
Lo, my arm to guard and keep,
My voice to rouse and warn you,
And my heart to warm and calm;
My heart to lend the life it owes
To her that is not here,
In the power of her that dwelleth
Where you know not -- no, nor guess not --
Whom you see not; unto whom, --
Ere the evening star hath sunken,
Ere the glow-worm lights its lamp,
Ere the wearied workman slumbers, --
I return, return, return.

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