When we two parted

In silence and tears,

Half broken-hearted

To sever for years,

Pale grew thy cheek and cold,

Colder thy kiss;

Truly that hour foretold

Sorrow to this.


The dew in the morning

Sunk chill on my brow-

It felt like the warning

On what I feel now.

Thy vows are all broken,

And light is thy fame;

I hear my name spoken,

And share in its shame.


Thy name thee before me,

A knell to mine ear,

A shrudder comes o’er me-

Why wert thou so dear?

They know thee so well-

Long, long I shall rue thee,

Too deeply to tell.


In secret we met-

In silence I grieve,

That thy heart could forget,

Thy sprint deceive

If I should meet thee

After long years,

How should I greet thee?-

With silence and tears.