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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
Stanzas for Music: ‘They say that Hope is happiness’
By Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
I.
THEY say that Hope is happiness;
  But genuine Love must prize the past,
And Memory wakes the thoughts that bless:
  They rose the first—they set the last;
 
II.
And all that Memory loves the most
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  Was once our only Hope to be,
And all that Hope adored and lost
  Hath melted into Memory.
 
III.
Alas! it is delusion all:
  The future cheats us from afar,        10
Nor can we be what we recall,
  Nor dare we think on what we are.
 
 
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