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First Line: Youth gone, and beauty gone if ever there
Last Line: Silence of love that cannot sing again.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Aging; Poetry & Poets; Women - Heroes


Youth gone, and beauty gone if ever there
Dwelt beauty in so poor a face as this;
Youth gone and beauty, what remains of bliss?
I will not bind fresh roses in my hair,
To shame a cheek at best but little fair, --
Leave youth his roses, who can bear a thorn, --
I will not seek for blossoms anywhere,
Except such common flowers as blow with corn.
Youth gone and beauty gone, what doth remain?
The longing of a heart pent up forlorn,
A silent heart whose silence loves and longs;
The silence of a heart which sang its songs
While youth and beauty made a summer morn,
Silence of love that cannot sing again.





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