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First Line: She would not know me were she now to view me
Last Line: But let her pass me by -- she will not know me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bayly, Nathaniel Thomas Haynes
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


SHE would not know me were she now to view me;
My heart was gay, when long ago she knew me;
My songs were daily tuned to some gay measure,
And all my visions were of future pleasure;
Oh! tell her not that grief could thus o'erthrow me,
But let her pass me by -- she will not know me.

In these sad accents she will ne'er discover
The cheerful voice of him who was her lover;
Nor will these features in their gloom remind her
Of the gay smile they wore when she was kinder:
Oh! tell her not that grief could thus o'erthrow me,
But let her pass me by -- she will not know me.

'T would pain her, did she note my deep dejection,
To know that she had crush'd such fond affection:
And not for all the world shall my distresses
Chase from her heart the joy it still possesses;
Oh! tell her not that grief could thus o'erthrow me,
But let her pass me by -- she will not know me.





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