The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero)/Poetry/Volume 3/On a Cornelian Heart which was broken
ON A CORNELIAN HEART WHICH WAS BROKEN.
Ill-fated Heart! and can it be,
That thou shouldst thus be rent in twain?
Have years of care for thine and thee
Alike been all employed in vain?
Yet precious seems each shattered part,
And every fragment dearer grown,
Since he who wears thee feels thou art
A fitter emblem of his own.
March 16, 1812.
[First published, Childe Harold, 1812 (Second Edition).]
- [For allusion to the "Cornelian," see "The Cornelian," ["Pignus Amoris"], and "The Adieu," stanza 7, Poetical Works, 1898, i. 66, 231, 240. See, too, Letters, 1898, i. 130, note 3.]