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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Vergiss Mein Nicht
By Alfred de Musset (1810–1857)
 
From ‘Selections from the Prose and Poetry of Alfred de Musset’

REMEMBER! when the morn with sweet affright
  Opens her portals to the king of day;
Remember! when the melancholy night
  All silver-veiled pursues her darkling way;
Or when thy pulses wake at pleasure’s tone:        5
  When twilight shades to gentle dreams invite,
List to a voice which from the forest lone
          Murmurs, Remember!
 
Remember! When inexorable fate
  Hath parted finally my lot from thine,        10
When absence, grief, and time have laid their weight
  With crushing power on this heart of mine,—
Think of my love, think of my last farewell;
  Absence nor time can constancy abate:
While my heart beats, its every throb shall tell,        15
            Remember!
 
Remember! When beneath the chilling ground
  My weary heart has found a lasting sleep,
And when in after time, above the mound,
  The pale blue flower its gentle watch doth keep,—        20
I shall not see thee more; but ever nigh,
  Like sister true my soul will hover round:
List to a voice which through the night will sigh,
            Remember!
 
 
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