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First Line: To-night she will dance at the palace
Last Line: With fresh wild-flowers in her hand.
Alternate Author Name(s): Meredith, Owen; Lytton, 1st Earl Of; Lytton, Robert
Subject(s): Memory; Love - Loss Of; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness

TO-NIGHT she will dance at the palace,
With the diamonds in her hair:
And the Prince will praise her beauty --
The loveliest lady there!

But tones, at times, in the music
Will bring back forgotten things:
And her heart will fail her sometimes,
When her beauty is praised at the King's.

There sits in his silent chamber
A stern and sorrowful man:
But a strange sweet dream comes to him,
While the lamp is burning wan,

Of a sunset among the vineyards
In a lone and lovely land,
And a maiden standing near him,
With fresh wild-flowers in her hand.

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