Landon in The Literary Gazette 1825/Poetic 5 3

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Literary Gazette, 17th December, 1825, Page 812


There was a paleness on his brow that spoke
Of thought, and passionate thought; upon his lip
There was a smile, a cold and scornful smile,
Not gaiety, not sweetness, but the sign
Of a heart ill at ease—one that had loved,
And been betrayed, and blighted; and had learnt
The weary lessons time and sorrow teach;
Had deeply felt itself the vanity
Of hope and love, and now could only feel
Distrust in them, and mockery for those
Who could believe them.[1]

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