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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Rondeaux.
II. “When I am gone”
By Richard Wilton (1827–1903)
 
WHEN I am gone from mortal view
  The skies will wear their wonted blue;
  The clouds distil the summer rain
  On leafy wood and grassy plain;
And flowers will smile through morning dew.        5
 
The birds I loved will still be true
To their old haunts, and flutter through
  The boughs, nor alter one sweet strain
                    When I am gone.
 
The silent moon will wax and wane        10
Heedless that I ne’er come again;
  Cold stars roll round in order due;
  But hearts—warm hearts—perchance a few
With loving tears some cheeks will stain
                    When I am gone.        15
 
 
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