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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXVIII. Loneliness
Memory
By William Browne (c. 1590–c. 1645)
 
SO shuts the marigold her leaves
  At the departure of the sun;
So from the honeysuckle sheaves
  The bee goes when the day is done;
So sits the turtle when she is but one,        5
And so all woe, as I since she is gone.
 
To some few birds kind Nature hath
  Made all the summer as one day:
Which once enjoy’d, cold winter’s wrath
  As night they sleeping pass away.        10
Those happy creatures are, that know not yet
The pain to be deprived or to forget.
 
I oft have heard men say there be
  Some that with confidence profess
The helpful Art of Memory:        15
  But could they teach Forgetfulness,
I’d learn; and try what further art could do
To make me love her and forget her too.
 
 
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