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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[1]
After long years,
How should I greet thee?—
With silence and tears.

[First published, Poems, 1816.]



I cannot talk of Love to thee,

Though thou art young and free and fair!
  1. If one should meet thee
    How should we greet thee?
    In silence and tears.—[MS.]
  2. [From an autograph MS. in the possession of Mr. Murray, now for the first time printed. The water-mark of the paper on which a much-tortured rough copy of these lines has been scrawled, is 1809, but, with this exception, there is no hint as to the date of composition. An entry in the Diary for November 30, 1813, in which Annabella (Miss Milbanke) is described "as an heiress, a girl of twenty, a peeress that is to be," etc., and a letter (Byron to Miss Milbanke) dated November 29, 1813 (see Letters, 1898, ii. 357, and 1899, iii, 407),