George Gordon, Lord Byron
When We Two Parted (1816)

 

When we two parted

 

In silence and tears,

 

Half broken-hearted

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To sever for years,

 

Pale grew thy cheek and cold,

 

Colder thy kiss;

 

Truly that hour foretold

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Sorrow to this.

   
 

The dew of the morning

 

Sunk chill on my brow—

 

It felt like the warning

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Of what I feel now.

 

Thy vows are all broken,

 

And light is thy fame;

 

I hear thy name spoken,

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And share in its shame.

   
 

They name thee before me,

 

A knell to mine ear;

 

A shudder comes o’er me--

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Why wert thou so dear?

 

They know not I knew thee,

 

Who knew thee too well:—

 

Long, long shall I rue thee,

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Too deeply to tell.

   
 

In secret we met—

 

In silence I grieve

 

That thy heart could forget,

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Thy spirit deceive.

 

If I should meet thee

 

After long years,

 

How should I greet thee?—

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With silence and tears.