Memory, no less than hope, owes its charm to “the far away.”
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The brilliant chief, irregularly great,
Frank, haughty, rash,–the Rupert of debate!
Alone!-that worn-out word,
So idly spoken, and so coldly heard;
Yet all that poets sing and grief hath known
Of hopes laid waste, knells in that word ALONE!
Two lives that once part are as ships that divide
When, moment on moment, there rushes between
The one and the other a sea;
Ah, never can fall from the days that have been
A gleam on the years that shall be!
When stars are in the quiet skies,
Then most I pine for thee;
Bend on me then thy tender eyes,
As stars look on the sea.
Buy my flowers,-oh buy, I pray!
The blind girl comes from afar.