Littell's Living Age/Volume 136/Issue 1753/Let Bygones be Bygones

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Let bygones be bygones; if bygones were clouded
     By aught that occasioned a pang of regret,
Oh, let them in darkest oblivion be shrouded;
     'Tis wise and 'tis kind to forgive and forget.

Let bygones be bygones, and good be extracted
     From ill over which it is folly to fret;
The wisest of mortals have foolishly acted —
     The kindest are those who forgive and forget.

Let bygones be bygones; oh, cherish no longer
     The thought that the sun of affection has set;
Eclipsed for a moment, its rays will be stronger,
     If you, like a Christian, forgive and forget.

Let bygones be bygones; your heart will be lighter,
     When kindness of yours with reception has met;
The flame of your love will be purer and brighter
     If, Godlike, you strive to forgive and forget.

Let bygones be bygones; oh, purge out the leaven
     Of malice, and try an example to set
To others, who, craving the mercy of heaven,
     Are sadly too slow to-forgive and forget.

Let bygones be bygones; remember how deeply
     To heaven's forbearance we all are in debt;
They value God's infinite goodness too cheaply
     Who heed not the precept, "Forgive and forget."