Like the ghost of a dear friend dead Is Time long past. A tone which is now forever fled, A hope which is now forever past, A love so sweet it could not last, Was Time long past. There were sweet dreams in the night Of Time long past: And, was it sadness or delight, Each day a shadow onward cast Which made us wish it yet might last-- That Time long past. There is regret, almost remorse, For Time long past. 'Tis like a child's beloved corse A father watches, till at last Beauty is like remembrance, cast From Time long past.
Six Vocal Impromptus
Song Cycle by John Storer
3. Time long past  [sung text not yet checked]
- by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822), "Time long past", first published 1870 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le temps lointain", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission