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Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

[In The Keepsake for 1832 (London, UK: Longman, etc., 1831), p. 178: ]

     There is a time -- a dreary time,
               When life's illusions fade away,
     Like music's faint receding chime,
               Or like the Sun's last parting ray.

5     Ah! then how shrinks the lonely heart,
               When all its cherish'd flowers have died;
     And Hope, the latest to depart,
               Has e'en her farewell requiem sighed.

     What now remains out path to cheer,
10               That path which leads but to the tomb?
     'Tis the blest thought, it brings us near
               The loved -- the lost -- to share their doom.

Date: 1831 (Coding Revisions: 12/30/2005). Author: Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (Coding Revisions: Laura Mandell).
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