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Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

[In The Keepsake for 1834 (London, UK: Longman, etc, 1833), p. 193: ]

     When Sol illumes the eastern sky,
     And night's dank vapours mount on high,
     And dew on leaves like pearls doth lie,
                         I think of thee.

5     When noon-day's glowing fervid beam
     Is imaged in the sparkling stream,
     In pensive mood I waking dream,
                         And think of thee.

     When evening comes with cooling breeze,
10     That sends its murmurs through the trees
     In sighs that each with mine agrees,
                         I think of thee.

     When twilight wears her dusky veil,
     And perfumes float upon the gale,
15     And Philomel's sad notes bewail,
                         I think of thee.

     And when the moon with silver light
     Illumes the starry vault of night,
     Shedding around a radiance bright,
20                         I think of thee.

     In vain I court thee, balmy sleep,
     For nightly vigils still I keep,
     And through the long hours wake and weep,
                         And think of thee.

25     For day's bright sun or midnight's gloom
     Can never pierce the dreary tomb,
     Where all my hopes have found their doom
                         In death with thee.

Date: 1833 (Coding Revisions: 12/30/2005). Author: Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (Coding Revisions: Laura Mandell).
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