Last Songs from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey



From the French of Maurice Maeterlinck


AND if some day he come back,
What should he be told?—
Tell him he was waited for,
Till my heart was cold.

And if he ask me yet again,

Not recognizing me?—
Speak him fair and sisterly;
His heart breaks, maybe.

And if he ask me where you are,
What shall I reply?—

Give him my golden ring,
And make no reply.

And if he ask me why the hall
Is left desolate?—
Show him the unlit lamp

And the open gate.

And if he should ask me, then,
How you fell asleep?—
Tell him that I smiled, for fear
Lest he should weep.