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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
Stanzas: ‘Could Love for ever’
By Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
        COULD Love for ever
        Run like a river,
        And Time’s endeavour
          Be tried in vain—
        No other pleasure        5
        With this could measure;
        And like a treasure
          We’d hug the chain.
        But since our sighing
        Ends not in dying,        10
        And, form’d for flying,
          Love plumes his wing;
        Then for this reason
        Let ’s love a season;
But let that season be only Spring.        15
 
        When lovers parted
        Feel broken-hearted,
        And, all hopes thwarted,
          Expect to die;
        A few years older,        20
        Ah! how much colder
        They might behold her
          For whom they sigh!
        When link’d together,
        In every weather,        25
        They pluck Love’s feather
          From out his wing—
        He ’ll stay for ever,
        But sadly shiver
Without his plumage, when past the Spring.
(1819.)    
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