Collected Poems of Henry Derozio: Preface by Manu Samriti Chander; Edited by Amardeep Singh

Sonnet (Regret has ne'er brought back...)

   Regret has ne'er brought back a vanished day. 
And sighs are vain for dreams that pass away 
Even like themselves; then let me cease to mourn 
For those bright visions Time can ne'er return, — 
For those warm fancies, aspirations high, 
And thoughts that gleamed like rainbows in the sky — 
Where are they now those air-built visions strange. 
Why should they perish, wherefore should they change ? 
Go! seek the wreck upon the sea, or beam 
Which played at noon-tide on the summer stream; — 
Like light upon the wave, or trace on sea. 
Those fancies are but things for Memory; 
And henceforth Hope with faithless, meteor ray 
Shall never cheat, or lure me from my way. — 

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