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1 I AM wearing away like the snow in the sun,
2 I am wearing away from the pain in my heart;
3 But ne'er shall he know, who my peace has undone,
4 How bitter, how lasting, how deep is my smart.
5 I know he would pity so kind is his soul,
6 To him my affliction would agony be;
7 But never, while I can my feelings control,
8 The youth whom I love shall know sorrow through me.
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9 Though longing to weep, in his presence I'll smile,
10 Call the flush of my cheek the pure crimson of health;
11 His fears for my peace by my song I'll beguile,
12 Nor venture to gaze on his eyes but by stealth.
13 For conscious I am, by my glance is exprest
14 The passion that faithful as hopeless will be,
15 And he, whom, alas! I can ne'er render blest,
16 Shall never, no never, know sorrow through me.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG.
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Opie, Amelia Alderson, 1769-1853. The Warrior's Return, and Other Poems. By Mrs. Opie. 2d. ed. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-row, 1808, pp. [51]-52.  (Page images digitized by Library of Congress Research Institute.)

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