by Arthur Symons (1865 - 1945)

I saw her shadow on the grass
Language: English 
I.
I saw her shadow on the grass
      That day we walked together.
Across the field where the pond was
I saw her shadow on the grass.
And now I sigh and say, Alas!
      That e'er in summer weather
I saw her shadow on the grass
      That day we walked together!

II.
Hope bowed his head in sleep:
      Ah me and wellaway!
Although I cannot weep,
Hope bowed his head in sleep.
The heavy hours creep:
      When is the break of day?
Hope bowed his head in sleep,
      Ah me and wellaway!

III.
The sea on the beach
      Flung the foam of its ire.
We watched without speech
The sea on the beach,
And we clung each to each
      As the tempest shrilled higher
And the sea on the beach
      Flung the foam of its ire.

IV.
When Love is once dead
      Who shall awake him?
Bitter our bread
When Love is once dead
His comforts are fled,
      His favours forsake him.
When Love is once dead
      Who shall awake him?

V.
Love is a swallow
      Flitting with spring:
Though we would follow,
Love is a swallow,
All his vows hollow:
      Than let us sing,
Love is a swallow
      Flitting with spring.

M. Carmichael sets stanza 5

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