by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 - 1882)

An old song ended
Language: English 
"How should I your true love know
From another one?"
"By his cockle-hat and staff
And his sandal-shoon."

"And what signs have told you now
That he hastens home?"
"Lo! the spring is nearly gone,
He is nearly come."

"For a token is there nought,
Say, that he should bring?"
"He will bear a ring I gave
And another ring."

"How may I, when he shall ask,
Tell him who lies there?"
"Nay, but leave my face unveiled
And unbound my hair."

"Can you say to me some word
I shall say to him?"
"Say I'm looking in his eyes
Though my eyes are dim."

Note: refers to the poem often referred to as the Walsingham Ballad quoted in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5.

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


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