E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Though Lost to Sight, to Memory Dear.
A writer in Harpers Magazine tells us that the author of this line was Ruthven Jenkyns, and that the poem, which consists of two stanzas each of eight lines, begins each stanza with Sweetheart, good-bye, and ends with the line, Though lost to sight, to memory dear. The poem was published in the Greenwich Magazine for Marines in 1701 or 1702.