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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
Song: ‘They who may tell love’s wistful tale’
By Joanna Baillie (1762–1851)
 
THEY who may tell love’s wistful tale
  Of half its cares are lightened;
Their bark is tacking to the gale,
  The severed cloud is brightened.
 
Love like the silent stream is found        5
  Beneath the willows lurking,
The deeper that it hath no sound
  To tell its ceaseless working.
 
Submit, my heart; thy lot is cast,
  I feel its inward token;        10
I feel this misery will not last,
  Yet last till thou art broken.
 
 
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