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AND THOU ART DEAD, AS YOUNG AND
"Heu, quanto minus est cum reliquis versari quam tui meminisse !"
As aught of mortal birth;
Too soon returned to Earth ! ii.
In carelessness or mirth,
i. Stanzas.-[Editions 1812-1831.)
Were never meant for Earth.-(MS. erased.] iii. Unhonoured with the vulgar dread.-(MS. erased.] 1. ["The Lovers' Walk is terminated with an ornamental urn, inscribed to Miss Dolman, a beautiful and amiable relation of Mr. Shenstone's, who died of the small-pox, about twenty-one years of age, in the following words on one side :
M.D.' On the other side
meminisse.'' (From a Description of the Leasowes, by A. Dodsley ; Poetical Works of William Shenstone (1798), p. xxix.)]
I will not ask where thou liest low,".
Nor gaze upon the spot;
So I behold them not : il
Like common earth can rot;
3. Yet did I love thee to the last
As fervently as thou,":
And canst not alter now.
Nor falsehood disavow :
4. The better days of life were ours;
The worst can be but mine :
i. I will not ask where thou art laid,
Nor look upon the name.-[MS. eraseul.] ü. So I shall know it not.-(MS. erased.] iii. Like common dust can rot.--(MS.) iv. I would not wish to see nor touch.-[MS. crased.]
V. As well as warm as thou.-(MS. erased.] vi. MS. transposes lines 5 and 6 of stanza 3. vii. Vor frailty disavow.-(MS.) viii. Nor canst thou fair and faultless see.---(1/S. erased.) ix. Vor wrong, nor chanzy, nor fault in mi. -- LIS.)
The sun that cheers, the storm that lowers,".
Shall never more be thine.
Nor need I to repine,
Must fall the earliest prey ;
The leaves must drop away:
Than see it plucked to-day;
To see thy beauties fade;
Had worn a deeper shade:
Extinguished, not decayed;
i. The cloud that cheers -.-(MS.)
Is still the earliest prey.--[MS]
Is earliest doomed to fade.-(MS. erased.]
Destroyed --.-(MS. erased.]
As stars that shoot along the sky
7. As once I wept, if I could weep,
My tears might well be shed,
One vigil o'er thy bed ;
Uphold thy drooping head;
8. Yet how much less it were to gain,
Though thou hast left me free, fl.
Than thus remember thee!
Returns again to me,
February, 1812. (First published, Childe Harold, 1812 (Second Edition). )
i. As stars that seem to quit the sky.-[MS.) i. O how much less it were to gain,
All beauteous though they be.-[MS.) iii. Through dark and dull Eternity.- (MS.]