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by Michael Desmond Ryan (1893 - 1964)

Love smiles but to deceive
Language: English 
'Tis gone, the past was all a dream,
  The light of life is o'er,
The hope that once so bright did seem
  Now shines for me no more.

Ah! foolish heart, without a thought,
  In joy that did'st believe,
Nor knew what many a tale has taught,
  Love smiles but to deceive.

No more I'll join the dance and song,
  Nor mingle with the gay,
And happy as the day is long
  Beguile the hours away.

I'll seek me out some silent spot
  I solitude to grieve,
And learn what many a tale has taught
  Love smiles but to deceive.


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Researcher for this text: Harry Joelson

This text was added to the website: 2008-03-06
Line count: 16
Word count: 100