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First Line: You swore you loved me all last june
Last Line: But you cannot restore.
Alternate Author Name(s): Meredith, Owen; Lytton, 1st Earl Of; Lytton, Robert
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


YOU swore you loved me all last June:
And now December's come and gone.
The Summer went with you -- too soon.
The Winter goes -- alone.

Next Spring the leaves will all be green:
But love like ours, once turned to pain,
Can be no more what it hath been,
Though roses bloom again.

Return, return the unvalued wealth
I gave! which scarcely profits you --
The heart's lost youth -- the soul's lost health --
In vain! ...false friend, adieu!

I keep one faded violet
Of all once ours, -- you left no more.
What I have lost I may forget,
But you cannot restore.





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