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This week's Containment moment: George Gordon Byron's 'When We Two Parted'

Posted on May 10, 2016 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

This week's 'Containment moment' is from (Lord) George Gordon Byron's 'When We Two Parted'.

Containment Byron

Odd that a CW show should be so concerned about the alleged relationship between Lady Frances Webster and the Duke of Wellington. It's almost like they simply picked something sophisticated-sounding at random that fit the plot.

When we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow —
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame:
I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame.

They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shudder comes o'er me —
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee too well: —
Long, long shall I rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.

In secret we met —
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee? —
With silence and tears.

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