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XII.

TO THYRZA.

1.

WITHOUT a stone to mark the spot,

And

say, what Truth might well have said By all, save one, perchance forgot,

Ah, wherefore art thou lowly laid ? By many a shore and many a sea

Divided, yet beloved in vain; The past, the future fled to thee

To bid us meet-no-ne'er again!

2.

Could this have been a word, a look

That softly said, “ We part in peace," Had taught my bosom how to brook,

With fainter sighs, thy soul's release.

And didst thou not, since Death for thee

Prepared a light and pangless dart, Once long for him thou ne'er shalt see,

Who held, and holds thee in his heart?

3.

Oh! who like him had watched thee here?

Or sadly marked thy glazing eye,

In that dread hour ere death appear,

When silent Sorrow fears to sigh,

Till all was past? But when no more

'Twas thine to reck of human woe,

Affection's heart-drops, gushing o’er,

Had flowed as fast—as now they flow.

4.

Shall they not flow, when many a day

In these, to me, deserted towers,

Ere called but for a time away,

Affection's mingling tears were ours ? Ours too the glance none saw beside ;

The smile none else might understand ; The whispered thought of hearts allied,

The pressure of the thrilling hand;

5.

The kiss so guiltless and refined

That Love each warmer wish forbore;

Those eyes proclaimed so pure a mind,

Ev'n passion blushed to plead for more. The tone, that taught me to rejoice,

When prone, unlike thee, to repine ; The song, celestial from thy voice,

But sweet to me from none but thine;

6.

The pledge we wore-1 wear it still,

But where is thine?-ah, where art thou ?

Oft have I borne the weight of ill,

But never bent beneath till now!

Well hast thou left in life's best bloom

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of woe for me to drain.

If rest alone be in the tomb,

I would not wish thee here again;

7.

But if in worlds more blest than this

Thy virtues seek a fitter sphere,

Impart some portion of thy bliss,

To wean me from mine anguish here. Teach metoo early taught by thee!

To bear, forgiving and forgiv'n:

On earth thy love was such to me;

It fain would form my hope in heav'n!

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