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

Good night! I have to say good night,
  To such a host of peerless things!
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Palabras Carinosas

Till then, good-night!
  You wish the time were now? And I.
    You do not blush to wish it so?
      You would have blush'd yourself to death
        To own so much a year ago.
          What! both these snowy hands? ah, then
            I'll have to say, Good-night again.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Palabras Carinosas

Adieu! 'tis love's last greeting,
  The parting hour is come!
    And fast thy soul is fleeting
      To seek its starry home.
      - Pierre Jean de Beranger, L'Adieu,
        free translation

For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.
      - Bible, Ezekiel (ch. XXI, v. 21)

A chord, stronger or weaker, is snapped asunder in every parting, and Time's busy fingers are not practised in re splicing broken ties. Meet again you may; will it be in the same way? with the same sympathies? with the same sentiments? Will the souls, hurrying on in diverse paths, unite once more, as if the interval had been a dream? Rarely, rarely.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Beware of parting! The true sadness is not in the pain of the parting; it is in the when and the how you are to meet again with the face about to vanish from your view.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Will our souls, hurrying on in diverse paths, unite once more, as if the interval had been a dream?
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

But still her lips refused to say, farewell: for in that word, that fatal word, howe'er we promise, hope, believe, there breathes despair.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Have not all past human beings parted,
  And must not all the present, one day part?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

One last long sigh to love and thee, then back to busy life again.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Think'st thou that I could bear to part
  With thee, and learn to halve my heart?
 * * * * *
Years have not seen, time shall not see
  The hour that tears my soul from thee.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Such partings break the heart they fondly hope to heal.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto I, st. 10)

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

Let's not unman each other--part at once;
  All farewells should be sudden, when forever,
    Else they make an eternity of moments,
      And clog the last sad sands of life with tears.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Sardanapalus (act V, sc. 1)

We two parted
  In silence and tears,
    Half broken-hearted
      To sever for years.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        When We Two Parted

Kathleen Mavourneen, the gray dawn is breaking,
  The horn of the hunter is heard on the hill,
    The lark from her light wing the bright dew is shaking--
      Kathleen Mavourneen, what, slumbering, still?
        Oh hast thou forgotten how soon we must sever?
          Oh hast thou forgotten this day we must part?
            It may be for years and it may be forever;
              Oh why art thou silent, thou voice of my heart?
      - ascribed to Louisa (Louise or Julia) Macartney Crawford,
        Kathleen Mavourneen,
        first published in "Metropolitan Magazine", London, between 1830 and 1840

One kind kiss before we part,
  Drop a tear, and bid adieu;
    Though we sever, my fond heart
      Till we meet shall pant for you.
      - Robert Dodsley,
        Colin's Kisses--The Parting Kiss

Parting is worse than death; it is death of love!
      - John Dryden

And by and by, will there come a time, when souls congenial will no more say adieu?
      - Adelaide Billet Dufresnoy

Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.
      - Tryon Edwards

In every parting there is an image of death.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Amos Barton (ch. X)

We cannot part with our friends. We cannot let our angels go. We do not see that they only go out that archangels may come in. We are idolators of the old. We do not believe in the richness of the soul, in its proper eternity and omnipresence.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We only part to meet again.
      - John Gay, Black-eyed Susan (st. 4)

Excuse me, then! you know my heart;
  But dearest friends, alas! must part.
      - John Gay, The Hare and Many Friends
         (l. 61)

No! 'Tis the pang alone to part
  From those we love, that rends the heart;
    That agony to save
      Some nameless pow'r in nature strives;
        Our fading hope in death revives,
          And blossoms in the grave.
      - Mrs. John Hunter

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