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

Stanzas ("O! Shall I forget it?")

O! shall I forget ?—May Memory depart 
Ere that meeting of rapture be lost from my heart! 
There was joy on thy lip, there were smiles in thine eye, 
And thy tongue spake a language that never can die. 
   Shall I forget it ?—Never! Oh never! 

O! shall I forget it ?—The tears that you shed, 
Were bright as the dew-drops on lotus flowers red, 
Like a beam of the sun on the dark rolling sea 
Was the glance of thine eye, at that meeting, to me! 
   Shall I forget it ?—Never! Oh never! 

Yes! feelings that hallow, and fond ties that bind 
Will keep the remembrance of thee in my mind. 
And Time shall essay to destroy it in vain :— 
It may droop, but my tears shall refresh it again. 
   Can I forget thee?—Never ! Oh never! 

December, 1826. 

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