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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
Lord Byron
 
CXC. "When we two parted"
 
WHEN we two parted 
  In silence and tears, 
Half broken-hearted, 
  To sever for years, 
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,         5
  Colder thy kiss; 
Truly that hour foretold 
  Sorrow to this! 
The dew of the morning 
  Sunk chill on my brow;  10
It felt like the warning 
  Of what I feel now. 
Thy vows are all broken, 
  And light is thy fame: 
I hear thy name spoken  15
  And share in its shame. 
  
They name thee before me, 
  A knell to mine ear; 
A shudder comes o'er me— 
  Why wert thou so dear?  20
They know not I knew thee 
  Who knew thee too well: 
Long, long shall I rue thee, 
  Too deeply to tell. 
  
In secret we met:  25
  In silence I grieve 
That thy heart could forget, 
  Thy spirit deceive. 
If I should meet thee 
  After long years,  30
How should I greet thee?— 
  With silence and tears. 
 
 
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