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Sit Down, Sad Soul

Barry Cornwall 1787 (Leeds, Yorkshire) – 1874 (London)



SIT down, sad soul, and count
 The moments flying:
Come,—tell the sweet amount
 That ’s lost by sighing!
How many smiles?—a score?
Then laugh, and count no more;
  For day is dying.
 
Lie down, sad soul, and sleep,
 And no more measure
The flight of Time, nor weep
 The loss of leisure;
But here, by this lone stream,
Lie down with us, and dream
  Of starry treasure.
 
We dream: do thou the same:
 We love—for ever;
We laugh; yet few we shame,
 The gentle, never.
Stay, then, till Sorrow dies;
Then—hope and happy skies
  Are thine for ever!

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Barry Cornwall

Bryan Waller Procter (pseud. Barry Cornwall) was an English poet who served as a Commissioner in Lunacy. more…

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