Page:Bürger's Lenore, Rossetti 1900.djvu/31

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Lenore

"Help, Heaven, help, and heed her not,
 For her sorrows are strong within;
She knows not the words that her tongue repeats,—
 Oh! count them not for sin!
Cease, cease, my child, thy wretchedness,
And think on the promised happiness;
So shall thy mind's calm ecstasy
Be a hope and a home and a bridegroom to thee."


"My mother, what is happiness?
 My mother, what is Hell?
With William is my happiness,—
 Without him is my Hell!
Spark of my life! down, down to the tomb:
Die away in the night, die away in the gloom!
Earth and Heaven, and Heaven and earth.
Reft of William are nothing worth."