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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Song: ‘They who may tell love’s wistful tale’
By Joanna Baillie (1762–1851)
 
THEY 1 who may tell love’s wistful tale,
  Of half its cares are lighten’d;
Their bark is tacking to the gale,
  The sever’d cloud is brighten’d.
 
Love, like the silent stream, is found        5
  Beneath the willows lurking,
The deeper, that it hath no sound
  To tell its ceaseless working.
 
Submit, my heart; thy lot is cast,
  I feel its inward token;        10
I feel this misery will not last,
  Yet last till thou art broken.
 
Note 1. From The Phantom, a Musical Drama, act. i, sc. 4. [back]
 
 
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