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POEMS 1809-1813.


I will not ask where thou liest low,[1]
Nor gaze upon the spot;
There flowers or weeds at will may grow,
So I behold them not:[2]
It is enough for me to prove
That what I loved, and long must love,
Like common earth can rot;[3]
To me there needs no stone to tell,
'Tis Nothing that I loved so well.[4]


Yet did I love thee to the last
As fervently as thou,[5]
Who didst not change through all the past,
And canst not alter now.
The love where Death has set his seal,
Nor age can chill, nor rival steal,[6]
Nor falsehood disavow:[7]
And, what were worse, thou canst not see[8]
Or wrong, or change, or fault in me.[9]


The better days of life were ours;

The worst can be bnt mine:
  1. I will not ask where thou art laid,
    Nor look upon the name.—[MS. erased.]
  2. So I shall know it not.—[MS. erased.]
  3. Like common dust can rot.—[MS.]
  4. I would not wish to see nor touch.—[MS. erased.]
  5. As well as warm as thou.—[MS. erased.]
  6. MS. transposes lines 5 and 6 of stanza 3.
  7. Nor frailty disavow.—[MS.]
  8. Nor canst thou fair and faultless see.—[MS. erased.]
  9. Nor wrong, nor change, nor fault in me.—[MS.]