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First Line: I saw thee, and the night turned not to day
Last Line: Now thou art twice as far and thrice as dear?


I saw thee, and the night turned not to day,
Thy bright eyes put not out the tapers' light,
Haply the hearth-flame only gave me sight
Of thee, and thy sweet smile, and nameless way.
Thou spokest, and I blanched not, but could say,
'All's well with me. How goes the world to-night?'
No tremour seized me, I could feign aright
Nor sobbing on thy breast my sorrows lay,
But with thy going patience vanished too
And in thine absence still my travail grew,
Then rose the heavy groan, the bitter tear.
Yet then with each new moon I could renew
My soul: but how shall I survive the year
Now thou art twice as far and thrice as dear?





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