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I REMEMBER HOW MY CHILDHOOD FLEETED.
I REMEMBER, I remember,
How my childhood fleeted by—
And the warmth of its July;
There are no signs of care,
What childhood's pleasure's were:
Then the bowers, then the bowers
Were as blithe as blithe could be,
Were coronals for me:
Are gleaming in my hair;
As childhood's roses were..
I was merry, I was merry,
When my little lovers came
Or a new invented game: :
To kneel before me there;
As childhood's lovers were.
Nessun magglor dolore
Stand on a funeral mound,
Far, far from all that love thee; With a barren heath around,
And a cypress bower above thee: And think, while the sad wind frets,
And the night in cold gloom closes, Of spring, and spring's sweet violets,
Of summer, and summer's roses.
Sleep where the thunders fly
Across the tossing billow; Thy canopy the sky,
And the lonely deck thy pillow : And dream, while the chill sea-foam
In mockery dashes o'er thee, Of the cheerful hearth, and the quiet home,
And the kiss of her that bore thee.
III. Watch in the deepest cell
Of the foeman's dungeon tower, Till hope's most cherished spell
Has lost its cheering power; And sing, while the galling chain
On every stiff limb freezes, Of the huntsman hurrying o'er the plain,
Of the breath of the mountain breezes.
Talk of the minstrel's lute,
The warrior's high endeavor, When the honeyed lips are mute,
And the strong arm crushed for ever : Look back to the summer sun,
From the mist of dark December; Then say to the broken-hearted one,
6 'Tis pleasant to remember!"
TELL HIM I LOVE HIM YET.
TELL him, I love him yet,
Ah, in that joyous time! Tell him, I ne'er forget,
Though memory now be crime.
Tell him, when fades the light
Upon the earth and sea, I dream of him by night
He must not dream of me!
Green, green upon his brow
The laurel wreath shall beAlthough that laurel now
Must not be shared with me!
Tell him to smile again
In pleasure's dazzling throng, To wear another's chain, .
To praise another's song!
Before the loveliest there,
I'd have him bend the knee, And breathe to her the prayer
He used to breathe to me!