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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Rondeaux. II. “When I am gone”

Richard Wilton (1827–1903)

WHEN I am gone from mortal view

The skies will wear their wonted blue;

The clouds distil the summer rain

On leafy wood and grassy plain;

And flowers will smile through morning dew.

The birds I loved will still be true

To their old haunts, and flutter through

The boughs, nor alter one sweet strain

When I am gone.

The silent moon will wax and wane

Heedless that I ne’er come again;

Cold stars roll round in order due;

But hearts—warm hearts—perchance a few

With loving tears some cheeks will stain

When I am gone.