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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
472. Elegy
 
George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
 
  O SNATCH’D away in beauty’s bloom!
  On thee shall press no ponderous tomb;
  But on thy turf shall roses rear
  Their leaves, the earliest of the year,
And the wild cypress wave in tender gloom:        5
 
  And oft by yon blue gushing stream
  Shall Sorrow lean her drooping head,
  And feed deep thought with many a dream,
  And lingering pause and lightly tread;
Fond wretch! as if her step disturb’d the dead.        10
 
  Away! we know that tears are vain,
  That Death nor heeds nor hears distress:
  Will this unteach us to complain?
  Or make one mourner weep the less?
  And thou, who tell’st me to forget,        15
Thy looks are wan, thine eyes are wet.
 

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