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" Oh, ever thus, from childhood's hour, I've seen my fondest hopes decay ; I never loved a tree or flower But 'twas the first to fade away ; I never nursed a dear gazelle, To glad me with its soft black eye, But when it came to know me well, And love me,... "
The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine - Page 507
1840
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MERCEDES OF CASTILE; OF THE VOYAGE TO CATHAY

J. FENIMORE COOPER - 1870
...projected voyage to the Indies was finally at an end. CHAPTER VIII. "Oh! ever thus, from childhood's hour I 've seen my fondest hopes decay ; I never loved a tree or flower, But 'twas the first to fade away." Laila Rookk. THE season had now advanced to the first days of February,...
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Memorials of H.M.C., by J.C. Colquhoun, ed. by his sons, Issue 88

John Campbell Colquhoun - 1870 - 156 pages
...an unhealthy sentimentality into the brightness of Christian hope. Oh ! ever thus since childhood's hour I 've seen my fondest hopes decay, I never loved a tree, a flower, I never nursed a dear gazelle To glad me with its soft black eye; But when it came to know...
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The Wesleyan Sunday-school magazine [afterw.] The Wesleyan ..., Volume 5

1870
...which she sang, when alone, to a plaintive tune : — '' О ! Ever thus from childhood's hour, I've seen my fondest hopes decay ; I never loved a tree or flower, But 'twas the first to fade away," etc. With a cup full of comforts, and running over with plenty, for...
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A Library of Poetry and Song: Being Choice Selections from the Best Poets

William Cullen Bryant - American poetry - 1871 - 789 pages
...last, — 'T was bright, 't was heavenly, but 'tis past ! 0, ever thus, from childhood's hour, I 'те as I I never nursed a dear gazelle, To glad me with its soft black eye, But when it came to know me well,...
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The works of Charles Dickens. Household ed. [22 vols. Orig. issued in ...

Charles Dickens - 1871
...always been the same with me," said Mr. Swiveller, " always. 'Twas ever thus, from childhood's hour I've seen my fondest hopes decay, I never loved a tree or flower but 'twas the first to fade away ; I never nursed a dear Gazelle, to glad me with its soft black eye, but...
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The Treasury of Literature and Art: a Selection from the Best Writers

Treasury - Literature - 1872 - 160 pages
...it could not last — 'Twas bright, 'twas heavenly, but 'tis past! Oh ! ever thus, from childhood's hour, I 've seen my fondest hopes decay ; I never loved a tree or flower, But 'twas the first to fade away. I never nursed a dear gazelle, To glad me with its soft black eye, But...
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An English Grammar and Reading Book for Lower Forms in Classical Schools

Osborne William Tancock - English language - 1872 - 332 pages
...A sadder and a wiser man He rose the morrow morn. ST COLERIDGE. UL Oh ! ever thus from childhood's hour I 've seen my fondest hopes decay ; I never loved a tree or flower, But 'twas the first to fade away. I never nursed a dear gazelle. To glad me with its soft black eye, But...
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A Library of Poetry and Song: Being Choice Selections from the Best Poets

William Cullen Bryant - American poetry - 1872 - 789 pages
...could not last, — 'T was bright, 't'was heavenly, but 'tis past ! 0, ever thus, from childhood's 1 But 't was the first to fade away. I never nursed a dear gazelle, To glad me with its soft -black...
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New Cyclopaedia of Poetical Illustrations: Adapted to Christian Teaching ...

Poetry - 1872 - 696 pages
...could not last ; 'Twas bright, 'twas heavenly, but 'tis past I 0, ever thus, from childhood's hour, Tve . 'twas the first to fade away. I never nursed a dear gazelle, To glad me with its soft black eye, But...
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The Works of Charles Dickens: Bleak house (1873)

Charles Dickens - 1872
...always been the same with me," said Mr. Swiveller, "always. 'Twas ever thus, from childhood's hour I've seen my fondest hopes decay, I never loved a tree or flower but 'twas the first to fade away ; I never nursed a dear Gazelle, to glad me with its soft black eye, but...
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