On a Cornelian Heart which was Broken
Language: English 
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.


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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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This text was added to the website: 2003-10-19
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