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FAREWELL.


Farewell, sweetheart, and again farewell;
To day we part, and who can tell
  If we shall e'er again
Meet, and with clasped hands
Renew our vows of love, and forget
  The sad, dull pain.

Dear heart, 'tis bitter thus to lose thee
And think mayhap, you will forget me;
  And yet, I thrill
As I remember long and happy days
Fraught with sweet love and pleasant memories
  That linger still

You go to loved ones who will smile
And clasp you in their arms, and all the while
  I stay and moan
For you, my love, my heart and strive
To gather up life's dull, gray thread
  And walk alone.

Aye, with you love the red and gold
Goes from my life, and leaves it cold
  And dull and bare,
Why should I strive to live and learn
And smile and jest, and daily try
  You from my heart to tare?

Nay, sweetheart, rather would I lie
Me down, and sleep for aye; or fly
  To regions far
Where cruel Fate is not and lovers live
Nor feel the grim, cold hand of Destiny
  Their way to bar.

I murmur not, dear love, I only say
Again farewell. God bless the day
  On which we met,
And bless you too, my love, and be with you
In sorrow or in happiness, nor let you
  E'er me forget.