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First Line: If in thy glorious home above
Last Line: And joy's light spirit wakes no more.
Alternate Author Name(s): Camoes, Luis De; Camoens, Luiz Vaz De
Subject(s): Grief


IF in thy glorious home above
Thou still recallest earthly love,
If yet retained a thought may be
Of him, whose heart hath bled for thee;

Remember still how deeply shrined
Thine image in his joyless mind:
Each well-known scene, each former care,
Forgotten -- thou alone art there!

Remember that thine eye-beam's light
Hath fled for ever from his sight,
And, with that vanished sunshine lost
Is every hope he cherished most.

Think that his life, from thee apart,
Is all but weariness of heart,
Each stream, whose music once was dear,
Now murmurs discord to his ear.

Through thee, the morn, whose cloudless rays,
Woke him to joy in other days,
Now, in the light of beauty drest,
Brings but new sorrows to his breast.

Through thee, the heavens are dark to him,
The sun's meridian blaze is dim;
And harsh were e'en the bird of eve,
But that her song still loves to grieve.

All it hath been, his heart forgets,
So altered by its long regrets;
Each wish is changed, each hope is o'er,
And joy's light spirit wakes no more.





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