When we two parted…

When we two parted In silence and tears,

 Half broken-hearted To sever for years,

Pale grew thy cheek and cold, colder they kiss,

Truly that hour foretold Sorrow to this.
The dew of the morning Sunk chill on my brow-

If 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 we part 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. …


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