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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
I. Juvenile Poems.
To Ianthe
WHEN upon the western cloud
  Hang day’s fading roses,
When the linnet sings aloud
  And the twilight closes,—
As I mark the moss-grown spring        5
  By the twisted holly,
Pensive thoughts of thee shall bring
  Love’s own melancholy.
Lo, the crescent moon on high
  Lights the half-choked fountain;        10
Wandering winds steal sadly by
  From the hazy mountain.
Yet that moon shall wax and wane,
  Summer winds pass over,—
Ne’er the heart shall love again        15
  Of the slighted lover!
When the russet autumn brings
  Blighting to the forest,
Twisted close the ivy clings
  To the oak that’s hoarest;        20
So the love of other days
  Cheers the broken-hearted;
But if once our love decays
  ’T is for aye departed.
When the hoar-frost nips the leaf,        25
  Pale and sear it lingers,
Wasted in its beauty brief
  By decay’s cold fingers;
Yet unchanged it ne’er again
  Shall its bloom recover;—        30
Thus the heart shall aye remain
  Of the slighted lover.
Love is like the songs we hear
  O’er the moonlit ocean;
Youth, the spring-time of a year        35
  Passed in Love’s devotion!
Roses of their bloom bereft
  Breathe a fragrance sweeter;
Beauty has no fragrance left
  Though its bloom is fleeter.        40
Then when tranquil evening throws
  Twilight shades above thee,
And when early morning glows,—
  Think on those that love thee!
For an interval of years        45
  We ere long must sever,
But the hearts that love endears
  Shall be parted never.

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