Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women. 1917.

“Come Back to Me”

Christina Rossetti

COME back to me, who wait and watch for you:—

Or come not yet, for it is over then,

And long it is before you come again,

So far between my pleasures are and few.

While, when you come not, what I do I do

Thinking, “Now when he comes,” my sweetest “when”:

For one man is my world of all the men

This wide world holds; O love, my world is you.

Howbeit, to meet you grows almost a pang

Because the pang of parting comes so soon;

My hope hangs waning, waxing, like a moon

Between the heavenly days on which we meet:

Ah me, but where are now the songs I sang

When life was sweet because you called them sweet?