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SHE CAME AND WENT

By
James Russell Lowell
1819 - 1891


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As a twig trembles, which a bird

Lights on to sing, then leaves unbent,

So is my memory thrilled and stirred; ---

I only know she came and went.
 

As clasps some lake, by gust unriven,

The blue dome's measureless content,

So my soul that moment's heaven; ---

I only know she came and went.
 

As, at one bound, our swift spring heaps

The orchard's full of bloom and scent,

So clove her May my wintry sleeps; ---

I only know she came and went.
 

Oh, when the room grows slowly dim,

And life's last oil is nearly spent,

One gush of light these eyes will brim,

Only to think she came and went.
 

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