Thomas Moore

May 28, 1780 - Feb 26, 1852


Take Back The Sigh

by Thomas Moore

Take back the sigh thy lips of art
In passion's moment breathed to me;
Yet, no -- it must not, will not part,
'Tis now the life-breath of my heart,
And has become too pure for thee!

Take back the kiss, that faithless sigh
With all the warmth of truth imprest:
Yet, no -- the fatal kiss may lie,
Upon thy lip its sweets would die,
Or bloom to make a rival blest!

Take back the vows that, night and day
My heart received, I thought, from thine;
Yet, no -- allow them still to stay,
They might some other heart betray,
As sweetly as they've ruin'd mine!


The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore.
Copyright undated, very old
The Walter Scott Publishing Co. Ltd.