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WHEN WE TWO PARTED

By

Lord Byron


&/\&/\&

When we two parted

In silence and tears,

Half broken-hearted

To sever for years,

Pale grew thy cheek and cold,

Colder thy kiss;

Truly that hour foretold

Sorrow to this.
 

The dew of the morning

Sunk chill on my brow ---

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,

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?

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 ---

In silence I grieve,

That thy heart could forget,

Thy spirit deceive.

If I should meet thee

After long years,

How should I greet thee? ---

With silence and tears.

&/\&/\&
 
 

( NOTE:  See  Introductory Page  for  unpublished lines to this poem )
 

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