They Are Gone!
( Originally Published 1851 )
(From Moore's Evenings in Greece.)
Ah ! where are they who heard, in former hours, file voice of song in these neglected bowers ? They are gone—they are all gone !
The youth, who told his pain in such sweet tone, That all who heard him wished his pain their own, He is gone—he is gone !
And she who, while he sung, sat listening by,
And thought, to strains like these 't were sweet to die She is gone--she, too, is gone !
'T is thus, in future hours, some bard will say
Of her who hears, and him who sings this day—They are gone—they both are gone !
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