The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero)/Poetry/Volume 3/Stanzas for Music. "They say that Hope is happiness"

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The Works of Lord Byron by George Gordon Byron
Stanzas for Music. "They say that Hope is happiness"

STANZAS FOR MUSIC.

I.

They say that Hope is happiness;
 But genuine Love must prize the past,
And Memory wakes the thoughts that bless:
 They rose the first—they set the last;


II.

And all that Memory loves the most
 Was once our only Hope to be,
And all that Hope adored and lost
 Hath melted into Memory.


III.

Alas! it is delusion all:
 The future cheats us from afar,
Nor can we be what we recall,
 Nor dare we think on what we are.

[First published, Fugitive Pieces, 1829.]