Oh, Ever Thus, From Childhood's Hour, I 've Seen My Fondest Hopes Decay

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Oh, ever thus, from childhood's hour,
I 've seen my fondest hopes decay;
I never loved a tree or flower
But 't was the first to fade away.
I never nurs'd a dear gazelle,
To glad me with its soft black eye,
But when it came to know me well
And love me, it was sure to die.
-- Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
-- The Fire-Worshippers