When in my night, like gaunt, gray phantoms, rise The wild-eyed hours of brooding revery, If in my heart a sudden anguish cries That thou also hast passed away from me, If I but think that one regretful sigh Thy joyless love has breathed unaware, I know not what a barren will to die Dissolves my strength into a mute despair. Oh, if upon thy breast I could then lay My weary head and hear thee sing again That old sweet song, and as it dies away Exhale my spirit in its last refrain!
- by Arturo Giovannitti (1882 - 1959) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884 - 1920), "Phantoms", op. 9 (Three Poems) no. 3, A. 47 (1916), published 1918? [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Barbara Miller
This text was added to the website: 2004-03-25
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Word count: 94