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ON THE QUOTATION, "AND MY TRUE FAITH," ETC.

Sincere, but swift in sad transition:
As if a dream alone had charmed?
Ah! sure such grief is Fancy's scheming,
And all thy Change can be but dreaming!

[First published, Childe Harold, 1814 (Seventh Edition).]


ON BEING ASKED WHAT WAS THE "ORIGIN OF LOVE."[1]

The "Origin of Love!"—Ah, why
That cruel question ask of me,
When thou mayst read in many an eye
He starts to life on seeing thee?
And shouldst thou seek his end to know:
My heart forebodes, my fears foresee,
He'll linger long in silent woe;
But live until—I cease to be.

[First published, Childe Harold, 1814 (Seventh Edition).]


ON THE QUOTATION,

"And my true faith can alter never,
Though thou art gone perhaps for ever."

1.

And "thy true faith can alter never?"—
Indeed it lasted for a—week!
I know the length of Love's forever,
And just expected such a freak.
In peace we met, in peace we parted,
In peace we vowed to meet again,
And though I find thee fickle-hearted
No pang of mine shall make thee vain.


  1. To Ianthe.—[MS. M. Compare "The Dedication" to Childe Harold.]