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 of the morning

Sank chill on my brow-

It felt like the warning

Of what I feel now.

Thy vows are all broken,

And light is thy fame:

I hear thy name spoken,

And share in its shame.


They name thee before me,

A kneel to mine ear,

A shudder comes o’er me-

Why wert thou so dear?

They know not I knew thee,

Who knew thee too well-

Long, long shall I rue thee

Too deeply to tell


In secret we met-

In silence I grieve

That the heart could forget,

Thy spirit deceive.

If I should meet thee

After long years,

How should I greet thee?-

With silence and tears.