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First Line: They seemed, to those who saw them meet
Last Line: When truth could bring remorse alone.
Alternate Author Name(s): Houghton, 1st Baron; Houghton, Lord
Variant Title(s): Forever Unconfessed
Subject(s): Love - Complaints

THEY seemed, to those who saw them meet,
The casual friends of every day;
Her smile was undisturbed and sweet,
His courtesy was free and gay.

But yet if one the other's name
In some unguarded moment heard,
The heart you thought so calm and tame
Would struggle like a captured bird:

And letters of mere formal phrase
Were blistered with repeated tears,--
And this was not the work of days,
But had gone on for years and years!

Alas, that love was not too strong
For maiden shame and manly pride!
Alas, that they delayed so long
The goal of mutual bliss beside!

Yet what no chance could then reveal,
And neither would be first to own,
Let fate and courage now conceal,
When truth could bring remorse alone.

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