Francis William Bourdillon 1852 (Runcorn) – 1921

HE came to call me back from death  
 To the bright world above.  
I hear him yet with trembling breath  
 Low calling, “O sweet love!  
Come back! The earth is just as fair;  
The flowers, the open skies are there;  
 Come back to life and love!”  
Oh! all my heart went out to him,  
 And the sweet air above.  
With happy tears my eyes were dim;
 I called him, “O sweet love!  
I come, for thou art all to me.  
Go forth, and I will follow thee,  
 Right back to life and love!”  
I followed through the cavern black;
 I saw the blue above.  
Some terror turned me to look back:  
 I heard him wail, “O love!  
What hast thou done! What hast thou done!”  
And then I saw no more the sun,
 And lost were life and love.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 722
Words 144
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 7, 7, 7

Francis William Bourdillon

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