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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
By John Addington Symonds (1840–1893)
IT is buried and done with,
  The love that we knew:
Those cobwebs we spun with
  Are beaded with dew.
I loved thee; I leave thee:        5
  To love thee was pain:
I dare not believe thee
  To love thee again.
Like spectres unshriven
  Are the years that I lost;        10
To thee they were given
  Without count of cost.
I cannot revive them
  By penance or prayer;
Hell’s tempest must drive them        15
  Thro’ turbulent air.
Farewell, and forget me;
  For I too am free
From the shame that beset me,
  The sorrow of thee.        20

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