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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
Love’s Young Dream
By Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
OH! the days are gone, when Beauty bright
        My heart’s chain wove;
When my dream of life, from morn till night,
        Was love, still love.
        New hope may bloom,        5
        And days may come
    Of milder, calmer beam,
But there’s nothing half so sweet in life
    As love’s young dream:
No, there’s nothing half so sweet in life        10
    As love’s young dream.
Tho’ the bard to purer fame may soar,
        When wild youth’s past;
Tho’ he win the wise, who frown’d before,
        To smile at last;        15
        He’ll never meet
        A joy so sweet,
    In all his noon of fame,
As when first he sung to woman’s ear,
    His soul-felt flame,        20
And, at every close, she blush’d to hear
    The one loved name.
No,—that hallowed form is ne’er forgot
        Which first love traced;
Still it lingering haunts the greenest spot        25
        On memory’s waste.
        ’Twas odour fled
        As soon as shed;
    ’Twas morning’s wingèd dream;
’Twas a light that ne’er can shine again        30
    On life’s dull stream:
Oh! ’twas light that ne’er can shine again
    On life’s dull stream.

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