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First Line: It is a gem which hath the power to show
Last Line: My heart is broken -- not estranged!
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Jewelry & Jewelers; Love - Complaints; Rings; Bracelets; Necklaces


IT is a gem which hath the power to show
If plighted lovers keep their faith or no:
If faithful, it is like the leaves of spring;
If faithless, like those leaves when withering.
Take back again your emerald gem,
There is no colour in the stone;
It might have graced a diadem,
But now its hue and light are gone!
Take back your gift, and give me mine --
The kiss that sealed our last love-vow;
Ah, other lips have been on thine, --
My kiss is lost and sullied now!
The gem is pale, the kiss forgot,
And, more than either, you are changed;
But my true love has alter'd not,
My heart is broken -- not estranged!





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