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THE SONG OF WERNER, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: O roman maid! Why do you try
Last Line: My lady sleeping in the tomb.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Flowers; Graves; Love; Graveyards; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones

O ROMAN maid! why do you try
To win a heart you cannot hold
With honeyed word and witching eye?
For ah! the ancient fire is cold.

Beyond the virgin Alpine snow,
My lady sleeps beside the Rhine —
Upon her grave three roses blow,
Her grave — who was the love of mine.

O, maid of Rome! you cannot move
The heart that sorrow steeped in gloom;
For me alone but one to love,
My lady sleeping in the tomb.

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