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A SONG

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                                    ALL that a man may pray,
                                           Have I not prayed to thee ?
                                       What were praise left to say,
                                              Has not been said by me,
                                                      O ma mie ?

                        Yet thine eyes and thine heart,
                           Always were dumb to me :
                        Only to be my part,
                           Sorrow has come from thee,
                                          O ma mie !

                        Where shall I seek and hide
                           My grief away with me ?
                        Lest my bitter tears should chide,
                           Bring brief dismay to thee,
                                          O ma mie !

                        More than a man may pray
                           Have I not prayed to thee?
                        What were praise left to say,
                           Has not been said by me,
                                          O ma mie ?

                                                                        ERNEST DOWSON.

MLA citation:

Dowson, Ernest. “A Song.” The Savoy vol. 5, September 1896, p. 36. Savoy Digital Edition, edited by Christopher Keep and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, 2018-2020. Yellow Nineties 2.0, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2019. https://1890s.ca/savoyv5-dowson-song/