Landon in The Literary Gazette 1823/Lines

For works with similar titles, see Lines (Letitia Elizabeth Landon).
Poems  (1823)  by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Lines - There is no smile to answer thine

Literary Gazette, 16th August 1823, Page 524


Dear Child, we now are left alone on earth,
The grave has those who loved us—desolate
Our home of happiness: the dear fire-side
Round which we clung has many a vacant place—
Death has pass'd over it.

There is no smile to answer thine,
    No gentle lip thy lip to press;
There is no look of love, save mine,
    To meet thy look in tenderness.

But thou art dearer, thus bereft,
    Since all who loved thee so are gone;
Dearer to me thus lonely left,
    Oh far more dear, thou orphan'd one!

I loved thee well in happier hour.
    Not then thus desolate on earth,—
When thou wert as a favourite flower,
    The cherished blossom of our hearth.

Now thou and I alone remain,
    And thou art doubly dear to me!
A sweet link of the broken chain
    Whose last fond relic rests with thee.L.E.L.