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Stay, O sweet, and do not rise
The light that shines comes from thine eyes;
The day breaks not, it is my heart
Because that you and I must part.
Stay, or else my joys will die
And perish in their infancy.

Category: Parting Author: John Donne

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To meet, to know, to love -- and then
to part, Is the sad tale of many a heart.

Category: Parting Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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I will not let thee go.
I hold thee by too many bands:
Thou sayest farewell, and lo!
I have thee by the hands,
And I will not let thee go.

Category: Parting Author: Robert Bridges Source: I Will Not Let Thee Go

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O tell me once and tell me twice
And tell me thrice to make it plain,
When we who part this weary day,
When we who part shall meet again.
When windflowers blossom on the sea
And fishes skim along the plain
Then we who part this weary day,
Then you and I shall meet again.

Yet tell me once before we part,
Why need we part who part in pain?
If flowers must blossom on the sea,
Why, we shall never meet again.

My cheeks are paler than a rose,
My tears are salter than the main,
My heart is like a lump of ice
If we must never meet again.

Oh weep or laugh, but let me be,
And live or die, for all's in vain;
For life's in vain since we must part,
And parting must not meet again.

'Til windflowers blossom on the sea
And fishes skim along the plain;
Pale rose of roses, let me be,
Your breaking heart breaks mine again.

Category: Parting Author: Christina Rossetti

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Ae fond kiss, and then we sever
Ae farewell, an then forever.
Fare-thee-well, thou first and fairest!
Fare-thee-well, thou best and dearest!
Thine be ilka joy and treasure
Peace, Enjoyment, Love and Pleasure!

Category: Parting Author: Robert Burns Source: Ae Fond Kiss

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I am spending delightful afternoons in my garden, watching everything living around me. As I grow older, I feel everything departing, and I love everything with more passion.

Category: Parting Author: Emile Zola

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All the things of my life I loved and kept on loving through parting, and not through meeting, through pulling away, and not through coming together, not unto life but unto death.
Category: Parting Author: Marina Tsvetaeva

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I am thankful for my life and all its sweetness; the shadows have gone, and it seems to me now as though all the happiness came from God, and all the shadow was of my own making. And the strangest thought of all is that the darkest shadow has always been this very passing, which now seems to me the most natural thing in the world. None the less am I thankful for this great and crowning gift of love -- the one thing that I had missed. It is there, and that is enough. In her presence it seemed to me that Love stood side by side with Death, two shining sisters.
But yesterday I murmured over having been given, as it were, so sweet a cup to taste, and then having the cup dashed from my lips. Today I see that Love was the crown of my poor life, and I thank God with all the strength of my spirit for putting it into my hand as His last and best gift. And I thanked her too for deigning to love me; and even as I did so, the thought broke to pieces, as it were, and escaped from the feeble words in which I had veiled it. For were we not each other's before the world was made? And the thought of myself and herself fled from me, and we were one spirit, thinking the same thoughts, sustained by the same strength.

One more word I said, that she must live and cast abroad by handfuls the love she would have garnered for me; that the sorrow that lay heavy on her heart must be fruitful, not a devastating sorrow; and that however much alone she might seem, that I should be there, like one who kneels without a closed door -- and so we said farewell.

Category: Parting Author: A C Benson Source: The House of Quiet

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I know well there is no comfort for this pain of parting: the wound always remains, but one learns to bear the pain, and learns to thank God for what He gave, for the beautiful memories of the past, and the yet more beautiful hope for the future.
Category: Parting Author: Max Muller Source: Life and Letters

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When I go from hence,
Let this be my parting word,
That what I have seen is unsurpassable.
I have tasted of the hidden honey of this lotus
That expands on the ocean of light,
And thus am I blessed.
Let this be my parting word.
In this playhouse of infinite forms I have had my play
And here have I caught sight of him that is formless.
My whole body and my limbs
Have thrilled with his touch who is beyond touch;
And if the end comes here, let it come.
Let this be my parting word.

Category: Parting Author: Rabindranath Tagore

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Round the cape of a sudden came the sea,
And the sun looked over the mountain's rim:
And straight was a path of gold for him,
And the need of a world of men for me.

Category: Parting Author: Robert Browning

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She heard the story of the end,
Each message, too, she heard;
And there was one for every friend;
For her alone -- no word.

And shall she bear a heavier heart,
And deem his love was fled;
Because his soul from earth could part
Leaving her name unsaid?

No -- No! -- Though neither sign nor sound
A parting thought expressed --
Not heedless passed the Homeward-Bound
Of her he loved the best.

Of voyage-perils, bravely borne,
He would not tell the tale;
Of shattered planks and canvas torn,
And war with wind and gale.

He waited till the light-house star
Should rise against the sky;
And from the mainland, looming far,
The forest scents blow by.

He hoped to tell -- assurance sweet! --
That pain and grief were o'er --
What blessings haste the soul to meet,
Ere yet within the door.

Then one farewell he thought to speak
When all the rest were past --
As in the parting-hour we seek
The dearest hand the last.

And while for this delaying but
To see Heaven's opening Gate --
Lo, it received him -- and was shut --
Ere he could say "I wait."

Category: Parting Author: Mary Hannay Foott

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This is the mystic scroll
Whereon a parting soul--
The aged Year--
His testament and will
Records:--a secret till
The Spring appear.

Category: Parting Author: John Bannister Tabb

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Oh I have sown my love so wide
That he will find it everywhere;
It will awake him in the night,
It will enfold him in the air.

I set my shadow in his sight
And I have winged it with desire,
That it may be a cloud by day
And in the night a shaft of fire.

Category: Parting Author: Sara Teasdale

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Lovely Unkind! could you so Cruel be
To leave the Land ere you took Leave of me?
Explain this mystic Act, and let me know
Whether it doth your Hate, or Kindness show:
Loved you too well my Parting sighs to hear?
Or wanted Strength my kinder Tears to bear?
Or were you Tend'rer yet, and did decline
A solemn Leave, not for your Sake, but mine?
Lest my kind Heart o'ercharged with too much Grief,
Should with my Farewell-sighs breathe out my Life.
Or was it (how the very Thought does fright!)
To show with how much Contempt you could slight?
Or did you love so little, that no Thought
Of poor Ephelia to your mind was brought?
No, no, 'twas none of these; I guess thy mind:
Strephon! thou knew'st I was so fondly(1) kind,
That at the News of Parting, into Tears
I straight had melted, Thousand Am'rous Fears
I had Suggested to my self, and you
In Complaisance must needs have done so too:
You must have told how loath you were to part,
And vowed that tho you went, I kept your Heart;
Omitted nothing tender Love could shew(2),
From my pale Cheeks have kissed the Pearly Dew;
Spoke all the tender'st things you could devise,
And to the old added new Perjuries;
Vowed Constancy in Absence, and then Swear,
A quick Return should dissipate my Fear:
All of these pleasing Vanities, you knew,
A declared Lover was obliged to do:
But to this trouble you would not be brought,
But stole in silence hence; yet tho you thought
This Tale too long, and troublesome to tell,
You might have grasped my hand, and said Farewell;
At which dire Words, such Consternation would
Have seized my Soul, I senseless should have stood
Till you beyond a Sigh's faint Call had fled;
Nay, till Tangiere, you'd near recover?d:
This way, my Kindness could not tiresome be,
Nor your Neglect would not have troubled me.

Category: Parting Author: Ephelia

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We embrace.
Rich cloth under my fingers
While yours touch poor fabric.
A quick embrace
You were invited for dinner
While the minions of law are after me.
We talk about the weather and our
Lasting friendship. Anything else
Would be too bitter.

Category: Parting Author: Bertolt Brecht

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Come back to me! but not as now ye are.
O friends afar!
For it were pain,
More keen than parting, so to meet again,
With all the change that Time, perchance, hath wrought
In form and thought,
To make us strangers in each other's eyes,
Save for long-cloistered sympathies.

Category: Parting Author: John Bannister Tabb

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There will be a time when it will end.
Be it parting
Be it death
So each passing minute with you
Pendulummed with sadness.
So many times
I looked long into your face.
I could hear the clock ticking.

Category: Parting Author: Spike Milligan

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