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I staid to watch, a little space,
The waters closed above her face
With many a ring.
And still I stay'd a little more,
flow'rs from the shore, And watch in vain.
I know my life will fade away,
When the white cloud reclines
On the verge of the sea, I fancy the white cliffs, And dream
thee; But the cloud spreads its wings
To the blue heav'n and flies.
We never shall meet, love,
Except in the skies!
TO AN ABSENTEE.
O'ER hill, and dale, and distant sea,
Nay, thou art now so dear, methinks
Affection's firm elastic links
But bind the closer round the heart.
For now we sever each from each,
I learn what I have lost in thee;
Alas, that nothing less could teach,
love should be !
Farewell! I did not know thy worth,
The stars are with the voyager
Wherever he may sail ; The moon
constant to her time;
The sun will never fail ;
But follow, follow round the world,
The green 'earth and the sea; So love is with the lover's heart,
Wherever he may be, the stars
Must daily lose their light; The moon will veil her in the shade;
The sun will set at night. The sun may set, but constant love Will shine when he's
away ; So that dull night is never night,
And day is brighter day.