Ill-fated Heart! and can it be, That thou should'st thus be rent in twain? Have years of care for thine and thee Alike been all employ'd in vain? Yet precious seems each shatter'd part, And every fragment dearer grown, Since he who wears thee feels thou art A fitter emblem of his own.
Confirmed with Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, a Romaunt: and other Poems, seventh Edition, London: John Murray, 1814, page 237. Appears in Poems.
- by George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824), "On a Cornelian Heart which was Broken", written 1812, appears in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, a Romaunt: and other Poems, in Poems [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), adapted by Ernst Ortlepp (1800 - 1864) , "Auf ein zerbrochenes Herz von Carneol" ; composed by Josephine Lang.
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