Asking in Vain

Still his little grave she seeketh
  In her mother-sorrow wild,
Hush! While in her heart she speaketh
  To the spirit of her child:
“Were we not to one another
  Once the sum of all sweet gain?
Say then—say unto thy mother,
  Shall we ever meet again?
  Darling, shall we meet again,
Knowing, loving one another?
“Ah! What weary, weary sorrows
  Have I known through loss of thee,
And what comfortless to-morrows
  Wait me in this misery!
Were we not to one another
  Once the sum of all sweet gain?
Say then—say unto thy mother,
  Shall we ever meet again?
  Darling, shall we meet again,
Knowing, loving one another?”

But the wind alone is heard
  Sighing in reply,
Where the long grave-grass is stirred
  As it floweth by.

 

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