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Oh!   Snatch'd Away in Beauty's Bloom,

Lord Byron


Oh! snatch'd away in beauty's bloom,

On thee shall press no ponderous tomb;

But on thy turf shall roses rear

Their leaves, the earliest of the year;

And the wild cypress wave in tender gloom:

And oft by yon blue gushing stream

Shall Sorrow lean her drooping head,

And feed deep thought with many a dream,

And lingering pause and lightly tread;

Fond wretch !    as if her step disturb'd the dead !

Away !     we know that tears are vain,

That death nor heeds nor hears distress:

Will this unteach us to complain?

Or make one mourner weep the less?

And thou --- who tell'st me to forget,

Thy looks are wan, thine eyes are wet.


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