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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
468. When We Two Parted
 
George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
 
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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