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Poem by Caroline Norton


The Cold Change


IN the cold change which time hath wrought on love
    (The snowy winter of his summer prime), 
Should a chance sigh or sudden tear-drop move
    Thy heart to memory of the olden time; 
Turn not to gaze on me with pitying eyes,
    Nor mock me with a withered hope renewed; 
But from the bower we both have loved, arise
    And leave me to my barren solitude!

What boots it that a momentary flame
    Shoots from the ashes of a dying fire? 
We gaze upon the hearth from whence it came,
    And know the exhausted embers must expire: 
Therefore no pity, or my heart will break;
Be cold, be careless -- for thy past love's sake! 



Caroline Norton


Caroline Norton's other poems:
  1. Babel
  2. The Pilgrim of Life
  3. The King of DenmarkТs Ride
  4. The Captive Pirate
  5. Love Not


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