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First Line: Wither away, green leaves
Last Line: When all its fond hopes wither.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bayly, Nathaniel Thomas Haynes
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


WITHER away, green leaves,
Wither away, sweet flowers;
For me in vain young Spring has thrown
Her mantle o'er the bowers:
Sing not to me, gay birds,
Borne in bright plumage hither;
The heart recoils from pleasure's voice
When all its fond hopes wither!

Wither away, my friends,
Whom I have loved sincerely;
'T is hard to sigh for the silent tomb
As a place of rest, so early!
While others prize the rose,
The cypress wreath I'll gather;
The heart recoils from pleasure's voice
When all its fond hopes wither.





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