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Twilight               TEI-encoded version


Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

[In The Keepsake for 1833 (London, UK: Longman, etc, 1832), p. 300: ]

     Now twilight draws her shadowy curtain round,
               And all the landscape wears a softer hue,
     As if in grief; and e'en the plaintive sound
               Of some lone bird, who carols an adieu
5     To parting day's last lingering tint of blue --
               All touch the heart, awakening pensive thought,
     And bring the absent or the dead to view
               In colours fresh, by faithful memory wrought,
               As if to cheat us with their forms she sought.

10     And can it be, that those so cherish'd here,
               Who shared our pleasures -- more than shared our pain;
     Whose accents still dwell in th'accustom'd ear,
               To whom affection never spoke in vain –-
     Shall never -- never bless our sight again!
15               Ah! ye who know what 'tis the loved to mourn,
     And see each link in fond affection's chain,
               That bound united hearts, so rudely torn,
               And still live on -- ye know what I have borne!

Date: 1832 (Coding Revisions: 05/24/2005). Author: Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (Coding Revisions: Zach Weir).
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