Song.—Yes, I had hope

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Yes! I had hope when first we met,
  For hope and joy were in thine eye;
'Twas long before I could forget,
  I trusted thee so tenderly.

And even now, though years are flown,
  And all that charm'd me then was vain,
I think on happy moments flown,
  Until they seem to live again.

But I awake to truth and woe,
  And vanish'd is the pleasing dream,
Like the frail shade the moonbeams throw,
  Or image in the passing stream

© Louisa Stuart Costello