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Lucifer. And so it shall be ever; but we will Unfold its gates!
Cain. Enormous vapours roll
Apart—what's this?Lucifer. Enter! aoo
Cain. Can I return?
Lucifer. Return! be sure: how else should death be peopled?Its present realm is thin to what it will be, Through thee and thine.
Cain. The clouds still open wide
And wider, and make widening circles round us.
Cain. And thou!
Lucifer. Fear not—without me thou
Couldst not have gone beyond thy world. On! on!
[ They disappear through the clouds.
WHEN WE TWO PARTED
When we two parted In silence and tears,
Colder thy kiss;
The dew of the morning
Sunk 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 knell to mine ear;
Why wert thou so dear?
Who knew thee too well:— Long, long shall I rue thee,
Too deeply to tell. In secret we met—
In silence I grieve,
Thy spirit deceive.
After long years, How should I greet thee ?—
With silence and tears.
MAID OF ATHENS
Zootj nov, <raS ay emtio.
Ma1d of Athens, ere we part
By those tresses unconfined, Woo'd by each jEgean wind,
By those lids whose jetty fringe Kiss thy soft cheeks' blooming tinge; By those wild eyes like the roe,
Zoot) [lov, eras dyaitdb.
By that lip I long to taste;
Maid of Athens! I am gone:Think of me, sweet! when alone. Though I fly to Istambol, Athens holds my heart and soul: Can I cease to love thee? No!
Zoorj juov, <raS ayaxiS.
AND THOU ART DEAD
"Heu, quanto minus est cum reliquis versari quam tui meminisse!
And thou art dead, as young and fair
As aught of mortal birth;
Too soon return'd to Earth!
In carelessness or mirth,
I will not ask where thou liest low,
Nor gaze upon the spot;
So I behold them not:
Like common earth can rot;
Yet did I love thee to the last
As fervently as thou,
And canst not alter now.
Nor falsehood disavow:
The better days of life were ours;The worst can be but mine:
The silence of that dreamless sleep
Nor need I to repine
The flower in ripen'd bloom unmatch'd
Must fall the earliest prey;
The leaves must drop away: 40 And yet it were a greater grief
Than see it pluck'd to-day;
I know not if I could have borne
To see thy beauties fade;
Had worn a deeper shade:
Extinguish'd, not decay'd;
As once I wept, if I could weep,
My tears might well be shed,
One vigil o'er thy bed;
Uphold thy drooping head;