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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
When We Two Parted
By Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
WHEN we two parted
  In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
  To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,        5
  Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
  Sorrow to this.
 
The dew of the morning
  Sunk chill on my brow—        10
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,        15
  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?        20
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—        25
  In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
  Thy spirit deceive.
If I should meet thee
  After long years,        30
How should I greet thee?—
  With silence and tears.
 
 
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