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When We Two Parted
written by Lord Byron
The music by Mr. R of West Point

Baltimore. Published by John Cole

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When we two parted in silence in tears,
Half broken hearted to sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold, colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold sorrow to this.
Truly that hour foretold sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning sunk chill on my brow
It felt like the warning of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken, and light is thy fame;
I hear thy name spoken, and share in its shame.

They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shudder comes o'er me- why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee, who knew thee too well:
Long, long shall I rue thee, too deeply to tell.

In secret we met in silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget, thy spirit deceive.
If I should meet thee after long years,
How should I greet thee? With silence and tears.


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