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    I.   Table of Contents     CHARMION'S LAMENT.

Bibb, Eloise
Poems

- THE VESTAL VIRGIN.
- II.

II.


"Drear this dungeon, cold and dark,
Showers of stones are on my tomb;
They have left a single spark,
In this bleak and silent room.
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Slowly must I perish here,
In this gloomy dungeon drear.

"Not a dagger have I,-- none,
O, to end this torturing pain;
Poison, weapons-- on, note one--
Wild my thoughts and mad my brain.
Lucius, call me, love, to thee,
Set this tortured spirit free.

"Rome, thou tyrant,--barbarous land,
Jupiter dost frown on thee;
May Olympu's angry hand
Set these tortured vestals free!
Dark my soul with dread and fear,
Darling Lucius, enter her.

"Death!-- dost thou-- encompass me?
Is it-- thee-- that grips-- my heart?
Come,-- thou friend, I-- welcome thee
True ,-- with torture,--now, I part?
Lucius,--for thee ,--I cry,
Gods!--at last--at last--I die."
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    I.   Table of Contents     CHARMION'S LAMENT.