I would have taken Golden Stars from the sky for your necklace, I would have shaken rose-leaves for your rest from all the rose-trees. But you had no need; the short sweet grass sufficed for your slumber, And you took no heed of such trifles as gold or a necklace. There is an hour, at twilight, too heavy with memory. There is a flower that I fear, for your hair had its fragrance. I would have squandered Youth for you, and its hope and its promise, Before you wandered, careless, away from my useless passion. But what is the use of my speech, since I know of no words to recall you? I am praying that Time may teach, you, your Cruelty, me, Forgetfulness.
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- by Adela Florence Nicolson, née Cory (1865 - 1904), as Laurence Hope, "To the Unattainable: Lament of Mahomed Akram" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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