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Poem by Dinah Maria Craik


Too Late


Could ye come back to me, Douglas, Douglas,
In the old likeness that I knew,
I would be so faithful, so loving, Douglas,
Douglas, Douglas, tender and true.
Never a scornful word should grieve ye,
IТd smile on ye sweet as the angels do:
Sweet as your smile on me shone ever,
Douglas, Douglas, tender and true.
Oh, to call back the days that are not!
My eyes were blinded, your words were few:
Do you know the truth now, up in heaven,
Douglas, Douglas, tender and true?
I never was worthy of you, Douglas;
Not half worthy the like of you:
Now all men beside seem to me like shadows -
I love you, Douglas, tender and true.
Stretch out your hand to me, Douglas, Douglas,
Drop forgiveness from heaven like dew;
As I lay my heart on your dead heart, Douglas,
Douglas, Douglas, tender and true!



Dinah Maria Craik


Dinah Maria Craik's other poems:
  1. In Swanage Bay
  2. Leonora
  3. The Cathedral Tombs
  4. Coming Hame
  5. Now and Afterwards


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Matthew Arnold Too Late ("Each on his own strict line we move")
  • Alfred Austin Too Late ("Had you but shown me living what you show")

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