by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933)

I asked the heaven of stars
Language: English 
I asked the heaven of stars
 What I should give my love --
It answered me with silence,
 Silence above.

I asked the darkened sea
 Down where the fishers go --
It answered me with silence,
 Silence below.

Oh, I could give him weeping,
 Or I could give him song --
But how can I give silence
 My whole life long?

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Harald Genzmer.

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Text added to the website: 2004-05-07 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:05
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