Away! away! O, do not say He can prove false to me: Let me believe but this brief day In his fidelity; Tell me, that rivers backward flow, That unsunned snows like fire-brands glow, I may believe that lay, But never can believe that he Is false and fled away. Ill acted part! ill acted part! I knew his noble mind, He could not break a trusting heart, Nor leave his love behind; Tell me yon sun will cease to rise, Or stars at night to gem the skies, I may believe such lay; But never can believe that he Is false and fled away. Can it be so? O, surely no! Must I perforce believe That he I loved and trusted so, Vowed only to deceive? Heap coals of fire on this lone head, Or in pure pity strike me dead, -- 'Twere kindness on the day That tells me one I loved so well, Is false, -- is fled away!
Confirmed with The Poetical Works of William Motherwell: With Memoir by James M'Conechy, Esq, Glasgow, David Robertson, 1849, pages 189-190.
- by William Motherwell (1797 - 1835), "Away! Away! O, do not say" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Heinrich Julius Heintze (1811 - 1860) , "Liebesvertrauen" ; composed by Heinrich August Marschner.
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