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Catalog Number KSa031470
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation ????/??/??
Scope & Content M Mount
Dear sir,
I've been [ ] a little drop of unrequited passion (though was never crossed in love) and enclose for you a copy - don't take it for reality now.
YourS &
L. Smith

Farewell Sweet Maid

Farewell, sweet maid, these lips reply:
Oh ! could this heart repeat it,
And breathe its last, its farewell sigh
To brightest hopes defeated

Could I but wear as light a breast
As once was mine, before the hour
Love unrequited lurked its guest,
And crushed it with its with'ring power

Could I forget that beauteous face
Whose winning smiles enslaved my soul,
And drown from memory every trace
Of ill-starred passion's stern control

No longer. then this brow would weak
The sorrowing look it erst has worn,
Nor nurse this heart its cold despair,
Made drearier by its silence borne.

To baffled hope's dark gloomy sway
No more an humble slave I'd pine,
But free from passion's ceaseless prey
Would beat this tortured breast of mine.
Notes Contains 00.174.18b poem"Farewell Sweet Maid" and an envelope
Credit line Museum Collection.