[From Mona's Isle, 1844]
FAREWELL, thou false one !now for ever
These lines our last farewell shall tell,
Though once I thought I neer could sever
From that false heart I loved too well ;
Remember that our vows were plighted,
Hallowd by the Powers above,
That our young hearts should be united
For ever in the bonds of love.
I thought my prize beyond all treasure,
When thou didst promise to be mine
My fond heart leapt with joy and pleasure,
Not dreaming once how false was thine:
My youthful love on thee I squanderd__
Thou canst not now that love restore;
Thro thee full many a clime Ive wanderd
Since last I left my Monas shore.
When thou provdst false, and I was slighted,
I from my native isle did roam,
And on the world became benighted,
Without a friendwithout a home!
Yet, still 1 could not cease to love thee
Thou hadst my heart within thy breast
No other could I place above thee,
Though thou wert falseI loved thee best ! -
I strove, deceiver, to forget thee
Through lifes ever varying scene,
Yet still thy image did beset me
Without an interval between;
Oft when on oceans briny billow
As tempests dire swept oer the sea,
And duty oer,
Ive sought my pillow,
There not to restbut think of thee!
Yet, Lady, while I thus address thee,
Calling to mind those scenes gone by,
Let not my humble lay distress thee,
But mayst thou be as blest as I !
Now I can smile, yet cease to love thee
Once loved more than tongue can tell
Embracing one thats far above thee,
False onefor ever fare-thee-well!