Have You Not Heard That In Some Deep-Seal’D Graves, by Frances Anne Kemble

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Have you not heard that in some deep-seal’d graves,
The Dead retain in beauty undisturb’d
The very countenance they living wore?
But if forbidden yearning vainly craves
To look upon the hidden face once more,
Lo! the sweet sleeping aspect is perturb’d,
The piercing light and the keen breath of life
Smite like a blow the features, and before
The hungry eyes of longing, Love, at strife
With Fate, efface the vision it desires,
And dust and ashes fill the friendly gloom
That might have kept immortal in its bloom,
What now again—and now for aye expires.
Leave we our buried pleasures in their tomb.

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