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First Line: Tis strangely planned in this strange life of ours
Last Line: God keep thee, love! Alas! 'twas not to be!
Subject(s): Farewell; Fate; Parting; Destiny


'TIS strangely planned in this strange life of ours,
That with the roses ever thorns must grow,
And after all our hearts have longed and fancied
Must come at last the bitter parting woe.
In thy dear eyes I once could read my story,
A dream of happiness and love for me:
God keep thee, love! It was too fair a vision.
God keep thee, love! Alas! 'Twas not to be!

Pain, hate and envy, all I too have suffered,
A weary wanderer tossed by storm and sea;
I dared to dream of peace and happy hours,
There led my way from wandering up to thee.
Within thine arms I sought my perfect healing,
And vowed my life in gratitude to thee:
God keep thee, love! It was too fair a vision.
God keep thee, love! Alas! 'Twas not to be!

The dark clouds fly, the wind moans through the forest,
A dreary rain sweeps over wood and plain,
For farewell taking just the fitting weather,
Gray like the storm-cloud looms my world again.
But let it turn to good or turn to evil,
Thou lily maid, in faith I'll think of thee!
God keep thee, love! It was too fair a vision.
God keep thee, love! Alas! 'Twas not to be!





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