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MY SOUL IS DARK, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: My soul is dark -- oh! Quickly string
Last Line: And break at once -- or yield to song.
Alternate Author Name(s): Byron, Lord; Byron, 6th Baron
Subject(s): Soul

MY soul is dark -- Oh! quickly string
The harp I yet can brook to hear;
And let thy gentle fingers fling
Its melting murmurs o'er mine ear.
If in this heart a hope be dear,
That sound shall charm it forth again:
If in these eyes there lurk a tear,
'T will flow, and cease to burn my brain.

But bid the strain be wild and deep,
Nor let thy notes of joy be first:
I tell thee, minstrel, I must weep,
Or else this heavy heart will burst;
For it hath been by sorrow nursed,
And ached in sleepless silence long;
And now 't is doom'd to know the worst,
And break at once -- or yield to song.

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