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Landon in The Literary Gazette 1826/Song 3

For works with similar titles, see Song (Letitia Elizabeth Landon).

Literary Gazette, 29th April, 1826, Pages 266-267


Float, float, down the stream,
    Wreath that bound my raven hair;
Ye shall be to me a dream
    Of the things that were.

Float, float:—what, so soon
    Has that red rose found a grave—
So soon that vale-lily's light
    Lost beneath the wave?

Gone, gone—not a leaf
    Lingers on the faithless tide;
Smooth and sunny, who would think
    What those waters hide?

Gone, gone, as those flowers,
    Pleasures, feelings, hopes depart—
Launch'd upon Life's treacherous stream
    By the trusting heart.
L. E. L.