Landon in The Literary Gazette 1823/Valedictory Stanzas

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Literary Gazette, 10th May 1823, Page 299-300


Oh not that look to me, my love,
    Oh not that look to me;
Cold looks I may from others bear,
    But never one from thee!

I cannot bear that alter'd brow,
    That wandering smile of thine,
To see it fix on others' eyes,
    On any but on mine.

I meet thee in the glittering crowd—
    We meet as strangers do;
The pang that rives my inmost soul
    Is all unmarked by you.

Last night we met as now we meet,
    A gorgeous throng were nigh,—
I heard you scoff at constant love,
    Then sternly pass me by.

It is enough!—I do resign
    My claim on love and thee;
I will forsake the hope that long
    Has fed on memory.

Then look not so, I will forget
    What once those fond eyes said;
The dead will soon forget—and I
    Shall soon be with the dead![1]

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