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Literary Gazette, 26th April 1823, Page 268-269

Love once dwelt in a palmy isle,
    His palace of the green leaves' shade,
A chain of rose upon his wings,
    Whose guardian was a dark-eyed Maid.

They lived in sweet companionship:
    Enough for him one smile so bright;
Enough for her to live for him,
    To watch his chain, to keep it light.

But once the Nymph lay down to sleep,
    Leaving her fragrant chain undone;
And Love awakened while she slept,
    Shook off his fetters, and was gone.

The morning came, the Nymph arose,
    And looked on her deserted chain;
Vain were her tears, and vain her prayer,
    For never Love returned again! [1]

  1. Signature after last Fragment