Colder thy kiss; Truly that hour foretold Sorrow to this.
The dew of the morning Sank 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; A shudder comes o’er me Why wert thou so dear? They know not I knew thee, Who knew thee too well: Long, long shall I rue thee Too deeply to tell. In secret we met In silence I grieve That thy heart could forget, Thy spirit deceive. If I should meet thee After long years, How should I greet thee? With silence and tears.
i first read this in sophomore high school and was emotionally struck by it that i was able to memorize it by heart (now that i think about it, i haven’t had anything remotely close to experiencing this at that time ). found it in the library (we had library period, then) and i still think this is one of the most moving poems ever written and that i have ever read.