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First Line: I never thought that heaven would lose its blue
Last Line: I never thought they would, and I was right.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rothschild, Dorothy
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


I never thought that heaven would lose its blue
And sullen storm-clouds mask the gentle sky;
I never thought the rose's velvet hue
Would pale and sicken, though we said good-by.
I never dreamed the lark would hush its note
As day succeeded ever-drearier day,
Nor knew the song the swelled the robin's throat
Would fade to silence, when you went away.

I never knew the sun's irradiant beams
Upon the brooding earth no more would shine,
Nor thought that only in my mocking dreams
Would happiness that once I knew be mine.
I never thought the slim moon, mournfully,
Would shroud her pallid self in murky night.
Dear heart, I never thought these things would be --
I never thought they would, and I was right.





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