Christina Rossetti




If

If he would come today today today
   Oh what a day today would be;
But now he’s away, miles and miles away
   From me across the sea.

O little bird flying flying flying
   To your nest in the warm west,
Tell him as you pass that I am dying,
   As you pass home to your nest.

I have a sister, I have a brother,
   A faithful hound, a tame white dove;
But I had another, once I had another,
   And I miss him my love, my love.

In this weary world it is so cold so cold
   While I sit here all alone
I would not like to wait and to grow old
   But just to be dead and gone.

Make me fair when I lie dead on my bed,
   Fair where I am lying;
Perhaps he may come back and look upon me dead
   He for whom I am dying.

Dig my grave for two with a stone to show it
   And on the stone write my name:
If he never comes I shall never know it
   But sleep on all the same.