Tell me to stay; I cannot go, Nor say farewell and leave you so, With none in life on whom to lean Or be to you as I have been! Let me be still, in sorrow's night All I have been when life was bright; Let me be near you, sweet, that hour You wake to feel and learn love's pow'r! Tell me to stay, and I will stay Though all the world shall pass away... Tell me to stay, o heart of mine, And I forever more am thine! Tell me to stay; you do not know How dark and lone the world may grow, How soon pride wanes from less to less, And silence turns to bitterness! Be proud, be silent, if you will, I cannot help but love you still; One sigh, one tear, and I shall know At heart you would not have me go!
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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