Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, PARTING SONG, by THOMAS THACKERY SWINBURNE



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First Line: Say not adieu, but au revoir
Last Line: Then au revoir, but not adieu.
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


SAY not adieu, but au revoir, --
We owe the past a farewell sigh;
A tear to mutual pleasures o'er;
To hallowed scenes a fond good-by:
But even these in other days
Shall memory oft again renew;
And may we, ere we go our ways,
Say au revoir, but not adieu.

Say not adieu, but au revoir,
And let each overflowing heart
In silence a libation pour,
To pledge our friendship ere we part;
No vow with sacred oil or wine
Than such an offering is more true, --
An earnest hand-clasp, mine and thine,
Then au revoir, but not adieu.





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