The Gift

Sara Teasdale

 
What can I give you, my lord, my lover,
You who have given the world to me,
Showed me the light and the joy that cover
The wild sweet earth and restless sea?
All that I have are gifts of your giving—
If I gave them again, you would find them old,
And your soul would weary of always living
Before the mirror my life would hold.
What shall I give you, my lord, my lover?
The gift that breaks the heart in me:
I bid you awake at dawn and discover
I have gone my way and left you free.
 

Poems by This Author

After Love by Sara Teasdale
There is no magic any more
Barter by Sara Teasdale
Life has loveliness to sell
Faults by Sara Teasdale
They came to tell your faults to me
Four Winds by Sara Teasdale
"Four winds blowing thro' the sky
I Am Not Yours by Sara Teasdale
I am not yours, not lost in you
I Love You by Sara Teasdale
When April bends above me
Moonlight by Sara Teasdale
It will not hurt me when I am old
Places [III. Winter Sun] by Sara Teasdale
There was a bush with scarlet berries
Summer Night, Riverside by Sara Teasdale
In the wild soft summer darkness
The Falling Star by Sara Teasdale
I saw a star slide down the sky
The Flight by Sara Teasdale
Look back with longing eyes and know that I will follow,
The Kiss by Sara Teasdale
Before you kissed me only winds of heaven
The Look by Sara Teasdale
Strephon kissed me in the spring
There Will Come Soft Rains by Sara Teasdale
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
What Do I Care by Sara Teasdale
What do I care, in the dreams and the languor of spring


Further Reading

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