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CAN YOU FORGET ME?
There is a deep feeling and an originality in the conception and structure of this poem that entitle it to a place here. It was contributed by Miss LANDON (L. E. L.) to one of the Annuals.
CAN you forget me? I, who have so cherish'd
Can you forget me? I am not relying
On plighted vows-alas! I know their worth. Man's faith to woman is a trifle, dying
Upon the very breath that gave it birth.
But I remember hours of quiet gladness,
When, if the heart had truth, it spoke it then,
When thoughts would sometimes take a tone of sadness And then unconsciously grow glad again.
Can you forget them?
Can you forget me? My whole soul was blended,
There is no truth in love, whate'er its seeming,
Whose charmed slumber-false one-was of you.
Can you forget me? This is vainly tasking
The happy hours that I have pass'd while kneeling
By LORD BYRON. One of the most passionate effusions in the whole range of poetry.
THEY tell me 'tis decided; you depart :
'Tis wise-'tis well, but not the less a pain ;
I have no further claim on your young
I used;--I write in haste, and if a stain
I loved, I love you, for this love have lost
State, station, heaven, mankind's, my own esteem,
So dear is still the memory of that dream;
Man's love is of man's life a thing apart,
'Tis woman's whole existence; man may range
And few there are whom these can not estrange;
You will proceed in pleasure and in pride,
For me on earth, except some years to hide
The passion which still rages as before,-
My breast has been all weakness, is so yet;
To all, except one image, madly blind;
I have no more to say, but linger still,
My misery can scarce be more complete:
Death shuns the wretch who fain the blow would meet, And I must even survive this last adieu,
And bear with life to love and pray for
THE OLD CLOCK ON THE STAIRS.
L'éternité est une pendule, dont le balancier dit et redit sans cesse ces deux mots seulement dans le silence des tombeaux: "Toujours! jamais! Jamais! toujours!"-JACQUES BRIDAINE.
SOMEWHAT back from the village street
Tall poplar-trees their shadows throw;
An ancient timepiece says to all,
Halfway up the stairs it stands,
And points and beckons with its hands