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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
 
Song
By William Leggett (1801–1839)
 
THE TEAR 1 which thou upbraidest,
  Thy falsehood taught to flow;
The misery which thou madest,
  My cheek hath blighted so:
The charms, alas! that won me,        5
  I never can forget,
Although thou hast undone me,
  I own I love thee yet.
 
Go, seek the happier maiden
  Who lured thy love from me;        10
My heart with sorrow laden
  Is no more prized by thee:
Repeat the vows you made me,
  Say, swear thy love is true;
Thy faithless vows betray’d me,        15
  They may betray her too.
 
But no! may she ne’er languish
  Like me in shame and wo;
Ne’er feel the throbbing anguish
  That I am doom’d to know!        20
The eye that once was beaming
  A tale of love for thee,
Is now with sorrow streaming,
  For thou art false to me.
 
Note 1. Leggett, of New York, the editor of the Critic. His volume of poems, under the title of “Leisure Hours at Sea,” was published in 1825. They were written while the author was a midshipman in the navy of the United States. [back]
 
 
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