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George Gordon Byron (Джордж Гордон Байрон)


Pignus Amoris


As by the fix’d decrees of Heaven,
  ’Tis vain to hope that Joy can last;
The dearest boon that Life has given,
  To me is—visions of the past.

For these this toy of blushing hue
  I prize with zeal before unknown,
It tells me of a Friend I knew,
  Who loved me for myself alone.

It tells me what how few can say
  Though all the social tie commend;
Recorded in my heart ’twill lay,
  It tells me mine was once a Friend.

Through many a weary day gone by,
  With time the gift is dearer grown;
And still I view in Memory’s eye
  That teardrop sparkle through my own.

And heartless Age perhaps will smile,
  Or wonder whence those feelings sprung;
Yet let not sterner souls revile,
  For Both were open, Both were young.

And Youth is sure the only time,
  When Pleasure blends no base alloy;
When Life is blest without a crime,
  And Innocence resides with Joy.

Let those reprove my feeble Soul,
  Who laugh to scorn Affection’s name;
While these impose a harsh controul,
  All will forgive who feel the same.

Then still I wear my simple toy,
  With pious care from wreck I’ll save it;
And this will form a dear employ
  For dear I was to him who gave it.



George Gordon Byron's other poems:
  1. To A Knot Of Ungenerous Critics
  2. To Edward Noel Long, Esq.
  3. Fill The Goblet Again
  4. Hebrew Melodies 18. Francisca
  5. Hebrew Melodies 20. Bright Be the Place of thy Soul


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