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

The Message

Margaret Sackville

“OH, have you not a message, you who come over the sea?

Have you not a message or word at all for me?”

“I have sailed, sailed, sailed where the seas are green and blue,

I ’ve silver, gold and merchandise—but never a word for you.”

“But did you see my love by any way you came?

For if you saw my love, he must have spoke my name.”

“Oh, yes, I saw your love—oh, yes, and he was gay

Riding in his coach-and-six all on his birthday.”

“But when you spoke of me, of me—oh! what was it he said?”

“Oh, he never said a word at all, but turned away his head.”