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    When We Two Parted - Lord Byron

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    When We Two Parted
    by Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824)

    When we two parted
    In silence and tears,
    Half broken-hearted,
    To sever for years,
    Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
    Colder thy kiss;
    Truly that hour foretold
    Sorrow to this!

    The dew of the morning
    Sunk chill on my brow;
    It felt like the warning
    Of what I feel now.
    Thy vows are all broken,
    And light is thy fame:
    I hear thy name spoken
    And share in its shame.

    They name thee before me,
    A knell to mine ear;
    A shudder comes o'er me -
    Why wert thou so dear?
    They know not I knew thee
    Who knew thee too well:
    Long, long shall I rue thee
    Too deeply to tell.

    In secret we met:
    In silence I grieve
    That thy heart could forget,
    Thy spirit deceive.
    If I should meet thee
    After long years,
    How should I greet thee? -
    With silence and tears.