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PARTING
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[ Also see Absence Banishment Death Farewell Greeting Kisses Life Meeting Separation Solitude ]

I have no parting sigh to give,
  So take my parting smile.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

To die and part is a less evil; but to part and live, there, there is the torment.
      - Lord Henry P. Lansdowne, Marquis of Lansdowne

The man who leaves a woman best pleased with herself is the one whom she will soonest wish to see.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

In taking leave,
  Thro' the dark lashes of her darting eyes,
    Methought she shot her soul at ev'ry glance,
      Still looking back, as if she had a mind
        That you should know she left her soul behind her.
      - Nathaniel Lee

They who go
  Feel not the pain of parting; it is they
    Who stay behind that suffer.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Good-night! good-night! as we so oft have said
  Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days
    That are no more, and shall no more return.
      Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed;
        I stay a little longer, as one stays
          To cover up the embers that still burn.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Three Friends of Mine (pt. IV)

Enough, that we are parted--that there rolls
  A flood of headlong fate between our souls,
    Whose darkness severs me as wide from thee
      As hell from heaven, to all eternity!
      - Thomas Moore

Well--peace to thy heart, though another's it be,
  And health to thy cheek, though it blooms not for me.
      - Thomas Moore

With all my soul, then let us part,
  Since both are anxious to be free;
    And I will send you home your heart,
      If you will send back mine to me!
      - Thomas Moore

My Book and Heart
  Shall never part.
      - New England Primer

My eyes won't lose the sight of thee,
  But languish after thine, and ache with gazing.
      - Thomas Otway

There is such sweet pain in parting that I could hang forever on thine arms, and look away my life into thine eyes.
      - Thomas Otway

If we must part forever,
  Give me but one kind word to think upon,
    And please myself with, while my heart's breaking.
      - Thomas Otway, The Orphan (act III, sc. 1)

Shall I bid her goe? what and if I doe?
  Shall I bid her goe and spare not?
    Oh no, no, no, I dare not.
      - Thomas Percy,
        Reliques--Corydon's Farewell to Phillis

Now fitted the halter, now travers'd the cart,
  And often took leave; but was loth to part.
      - Matthew Prior, The Thief and the Cordelier

It is seldom indeed that one parts on good terms, because if one were on good terms, one would not part.
      - Marcel Proust

But in vain she did conjure him,
  To depart her presence so,
    Having a thousand tongues t' allure him
      And but one to bid him go.
        When lips invite,
          And eyes delight,
            And cheeks as fresh as rose in June,
              Persuade delay,--
                What boots to say
                  Forego me now, come to me soon.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1), Dulcina,
        see Cayley's "Life of Raleigh", vol. I, ch. III attributed to Brydges, who edited Raleigh's poems

Time, which deadens hatred, secretly strengthens love; and in the hour of threatened separation its growth is manifested at once in radiant brightness.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Say good-bye er howdy-do--
  What's the odds betwixt the two?
    Comin'--goin'--every day--
      Best friends first to go away--
        Grasp of hands you'd ruther hold
          Than their weight in solid gold,
            Slips their grip while greetin' you,--
              Say good-bye er howdy-do?
      - James Whitcomb Riley, Good-Bye er Howdy-Do

Oh! wherefore doth thou soothe me with thy softness? why doth thou wind thyself about my heart, and make this separation painful to us?
      - Nicholas Rowe

Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again. I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins, that almost freezes up the heat of life.
      - William Shakespeare

God give us leisure for these sights of love!
  Once more, adieu!
      - William Shakespeare

Hereafter, in a better world than this, I shall desire more love and knowledge of you.
      - William Shakespeare

His eye being big with tears,
  Turning his face, he put his hand behind him,
    And with affection wondrous sensible,
      He wrung Bassanio's hand; and so they parted.
      - William Shakespeare

If I depart from thee, I cannot live;
  And in thy sight to die, what were it else
    But like a pleasant slumber in thy lap?
 * * * * *
To die by thee were but to die in jest;
  From thee to die were torture more than death.
      - William Shakespeare


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