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ANONYMOUS – Flow, my tears


Flow, my tears, fall from your springs!

Exiled for ever, let me mourn

Where night's black bird her sad infamy sings

There let me live forlorn


Down vain lights, shine you no more

No nights are dark enough for those

That in despair their last fortunes deplore

Light doth but shame disclose


Never may my woes be relieved

Since pity is fled

And tears and sighs and groans my weary days,

Of all joys have deprived


From the highest spire of contentment

My fortune is thrown

And fear and grief and pain for my deserts,

Are my hopes, since hope is gone


Hark! you shadows that in darkness dwell

Learn to contemn light

Happy, happy they that in hell

Feel not the world's despite