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REMEMBER HIM, WHOM PASSION'S POWER.

REMEMBER HIM, WHOM PASSION'S POWER.[1]

1.

Remember him, whom Passion's power
Severely—deeply—vainly proved:
Remember thou that dangerous hour,
When neither fell, though both were loved.[2]


2.

That yielding breast, that melting eye,[3]
Too much invited to be blessed:
That gentle prayer, that pleading sigh,
The wilder wish reproved, repressed.


3.

Oh! let me feel that all I lost[4]
But saved thee all that Conscience fears;
And blush for every pang it cost
To spare the vain remorse of years.


4.

Yet think of this when many a tongue,
Whose busy accents whisper blame,
Would do the heart that loved thee wrong,
And brand a nearly blighted name.[5]


  1. [It is possible that these lines, as well as the Sonnets "To Genevra," were addressed to Lady Frances Wedderburn Webster.—See Letters, 1898, ii, 2, note 1; and Letters, 1899, iii. 8, note 1.]
  2. To him who loves and her who loved.—[MS. M.]
  3. That trembling form ——.—[MS. M.]
  4. Resigning thee, alas! I lost
    Joys bought too dear, if bright with tears,
    Yet ne'er regret the pangs it cost.—[MS. M. erased.]
  5. And crush ——.—[MS. M.]