Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, GOOD-BY, by MARGARET E. BRUNER

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GOOD-BY, by                
First Line: Good-by can be a happy word
Last Line: Like suppliants pleading.

Good-by can be a happy word
When lightly spoken,
As if a carefree heart conferred
A trifling token.

But when we part from those held dear
The voice grows tender;
We smile to hide the unwelcome tear
And scorn surrender.

Hands clasped and seeing eye to eye,
All else unheeding,
How sacred is the word good-by,
Like suppliants pleading.

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