Ernest Dowson: Adios!

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Farewell to a beloved child.

ADIOS!

My sweet child-love, farewell!
    My little tender flower
Who comforted me long and well,
    In many a hope-deserted hour,
        I bid thee now farewell.

The years shall come and go
    And thro’ thy village home,
The rippling streamlet still shall flow,
    While far away my footsteps roam,
        Who bid thee now farewell.

O sweet, O saintly face,
    And innocent grey eyes,
That shone with such pathetic grace,
    Wherein such dreamy wisdom lies,
        I bid you now farewell.

Flow on, dear life in peace,
    In peace and purity,
And all my life I shall not cease,
    To hold thee shrined in memory,
        Who bid thee now farewell.

Source: from Poésie Schublade, in Ernest Dowson Collected Poems, Robert Kelsey Rought Thornton and Caroline Dowson (editors), Birmingham University Press, 2003.

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