by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 - 1906)

A love song
Language: English 
Ah, love, my love is like a cry in the night,
A long, loud cry to the empty sky,
The cry of a man alone in the desert,
With hands uplifted, with parching lips,

Oh, rescue me, rescue me,
Thy form to mine arms,
The dew of thy lips to my mouth,
Dost thou hear me? -- my call thro' the night?

Darling, I hear thee and answer,
Thy fountain am I,
All [of]1 the love of my soul will I bring to thee,
All [of]1 the pains of my being shall wring to thee,
Deep and forever the song of my loving shall sing to thee,
Ever and ever thro' day and thro' night shall I cling to thee.
Hearest thou the answer?
Darling, I come, I come.

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This text was added to the website: 2013-02-06
Line count: 16
Word count: 128