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FAREWELL
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[ Also see Absence Adieu Banishment Death Goodbye Greeting Parting Welcome ]

He turn'd him right and round about
  Upon the Irish shore,
    And gae his bridle reins a shake,
      With Adieu for evermore,
        My dear,
          With Adieu for evermore.
      - Robert Burns,
        It Was a' for our Rightfu' King

Farewell!
  For in that word,--that fatal word,--howe'er
    We promise--hope--believe,--there breathes despair.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Farewell! if ever fondest prayer
  For other's weal availed on high,
    Mine will not all be lost in air
      But waft thy name beyond the sky.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

One struggle more, and I am free
  From pangs that rend my heart in twain;
    One last long sigh to love and thee,
      Then back to busy life again.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Then fare thee well, deceitful maid,
  'Twere vain and fruitless to regret thee;
    Nor hope nor memory yield their aid,
      But time may teach me to forget thee.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

'Twere vain to speak, to weep, to sigh;
  Oh, more than tears of blood can tell
    When wrung from guilt's expiring eye,
      Are in the word farewell--farewell.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Farewell! a word that must be, and hath been--
  A sound which makes us linger;--yet--farewell!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 186)

"Farewell!"
  For in that word--that fatal word--howe'er
    We promise--hope--believe--there breathes despair.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Corsair (canto I, st. 15)

Fare thee well! and if for ever,
  Still for ever, fare thee well.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Fare Thee Well

Farewell! "But not for ever."
      - William Cowper

Where thou art gone, adieus and farewells are a sound unknown.
      - William Cowper

"Adieu," she cries, and waved her lily hand.
      - John Gay,
        Sweet William's Farewell to Black-eyed Susan

Friend, ahoy! Farewell! farewell!
  Grief unto grief, joy into joy,
    Greeting and help the echoes tell
      Faint, but eternal--Friend, ahoy!
      - Helen Hunt Jackson (Helen Hunt),
        Verses--Friend, Ahoy!

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.
      - Garrison Keillor

The happy never say, and never hear said, farewell.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Though I often salute you, you never salute me first; I shall therefore, Pontilianus, salute you with an eternal farewell.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. V, ep. 66)

Farewell, happy fields,
  Where joy forever dwells; hail horrors!
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 249)

Gude nicht, and joy be wi' you a'.
      - Baroness Carolina Oliphant Nairne,
        Gude Nicht, etc.

The bitter word which closed all, earthly friendships, and finished every feast of love,--farewell.
      - Robert Pollok

Farewell to Lochaber, and farewell, my Jean,
  Where heartsome wi' I hae mony day been:
    For Lochaber no more, Lochaber no more,
      We'll maybe return to Lochaber no more.
      - Allan Ramsay (1), Farewell to Lochaber

A man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it.
      - Helen Rowland

Fare thee well;
  The elements be kind to thee, and make
    Thy spirits all of comfort!
      - William Shakespeare

Farewell the tranquil mind! farewell content!
  Farewell the plumed troops, and the big wars
    That make ambition virtue.
      - William Shakespeare

Give me your hand first; fare you well.
      - William Shakespeare

Farewell, my sister, fare thee well.
  The elements be kind to thee, and make
    Thy spirits all of comfort: fare thee well.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Caesar at III, ii)


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