Life ! I know not what thou art,
But know that thou and I must part;
And when, or how, or where we met
I own to me's a secret yet. Life ! we've been long together,
Through pleasant and through cloudy weather,
'Tis hard to part when friends are dear -
Perhaps 'twill cost a sigh, a tear ; Then steal away, give little warning
Choose thine own time ;
Say not good night - but in some brighter chime
Bid me good morning
Anna Letitia Barbauld

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