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IF YOU WERE HERE; A SONG IN WINTER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: O love, if you were here
Last Line: Of all our days that were.
Subject(s): Winter


O LOVE, if you were here
This dreary, weary day, --
If your lips, warm and dear,
Found some sweet word to say, --
Then hardly would seem drear
These skies of wintry gray.

But you are far away, --
How far from me, my dear!
What cheer can warm the day?
My heart is chill with fear,
Pierced through with swift dismay;
A thought has turn'd Life sere:

If you from far away
Should come not back, my dear;
If I no more might lay
My hand on yours, nor hear
That voice, now sad, now gay,
Caress my listening ear;

If you from far away
Should come no more, my dear, --
Then with what dire dismay
Year joined to hostile year
Would frown, if I should stay
Where memories mock and jeer!

But I would come away
To dwell with you, my dear;
Through unknown worlds to stray, --
Or sleep; nor hope, nor fear,
Nor dream beneath the clay
Of all our days that were.





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