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Lucifer. And so it shall be ever; but we will Unfold its gates!
Enormous vapours roll
Can I return?
Lucifer. Return! be sure: how else should death be
Its present realm is thin to what it will be,
Through thee and thine.
The clouds still open wide And wider, and make widening circles round us. Lucifer. Advance!
Lucifer. Fear not-without me thou Couldst not have gone beyond thy world. On! on! [They disappear through the clouds.
In secret we niet-
That thy heart could forget,
If I should meet thee
After long years,
MAID OF ATHENS
Ζώη μοῦ, σᾶς ἀγαπῶ,
By those tresses unconfined,
By that lip I long to taste;
Maid of Athens! I am gone:
Ζώη μοῦ, σᾶς ἀγαπῶ.
AND THOU ART DEAD
"Heu, quanto minus est cum reliquis versari quam tui meminisse !"
AND thou art dead, as young and fair
As aught of mortal birth;
And form so soft, and charms so rare,
Too soon return'd to Earth!
There is an eye which could not brook
I will not ask where thou liest low,
There flowers or weeds at will may grow,
It is enough for me to prove
That what I loved, and long must love,
To me there needs no stone to tell,
Yet did I love thee to the last
Who didst not change through all the past,
The love where Death has set his seal,
Nor age can chill, nor rival steal,
Nor falsehood disavow:
And, what were worse, thou canst not see
The better days of life were ours;
The sun that cheers, the storm that lowers,
The silence of that dreamless sleep
Nor need I to repine
That all those charms have pass'd away;
The flower in ripen'd bloom unmatch'd
Though by no hand untimely snatch'd,
I know not if I could have borne
The night that follow'd such a morn
Thy day without a cloud hath pass'd,
As stars that shoot along the sky
As once I wept, if I could weep,
One vigil o'er thy bed;
To gaze, how fondly! on thy face,