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A front page poem from an 1844 Temperance News Weekly.

Posted 06-02-2015 at 04:03 PM by GerandTwine

CATARACT AND WATERFALL
OR
MASSACHUSETTS WASHINGTONIAN
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DEVOTED TO TOTAL ABSTINENCE, USEFUL ARTS, MORALS, DOMESTIC ECONOMY AND GENERAL INTELLIGENCE.
IN AID OF THE WASHINGTON TEMPERANCE SOCIETY OF WORCESTER, -ALL THE WASHINGTONIAN SOCIETIES IN THE COUNTY OF WORCESTER,
-THE MASSACHUSETTS WASHINGTON TOTAL ABSTINENCE SOCIETY,
AND IN CO-OPERATION WITH ALL THE WASHINGTONIAN, AND TEE-TOTAL SOCIETIES AND PRESSES IN THE COMMONWEALTH.

Vol. 1.________Exclusive of all Matters of a Political or a Sectarian Character, and of all Advertisements of Intoxicating-drink-selling Establishments.________No. 44.
Jesse W. Goodrich, Editor.________________Worcester, Mass., Wednesday, January 17, 1844.________________Two Cents per Single Copy.
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CASTALIAN FOUNT.
[From the Louisville Journal.]
Teach me Forgetfulness.
Stanzas for Music.

Oh teach me forgetfulness, teach me to cast
From the depths of my spirit all thoughts of the past ;
My hopes you have blighted ; within my sad heart
There lingers but memory - Oh bid it depart.
You have taught me to look on the past with regret,
And weep for the future, but not to forget.
You have taught me my love and my folly to rue ;
Why did you not teach me forgetfulness too ?

Oh teach me forgetfulness, bid me control
The thoughts, the wild thoughts that have enter'd my soul ;
I thought your wild passion an innocent flame
That would lift me above, not degrade me to shame ;
I thought - but enough - the deep folly is o'er,
I would turn from the past, and remember no more ;
You have taught me my love and my folly to rue ;
Why did you not teach me forgetfulness too ?

Oh teach me forgetfulness - little I thought
That in seeking my heart, twas its ruin you sought ;
I thought you had won my fond spirit away
To love me, to bless me, and not to betray ;
Alas that such musing should sadden me yet ;
My heart is all memory - oh bid it forget ;
You have taught me my love and my folly to rue ;
Why did you not teach me forgetfulness too ?
............................................AMELIA.

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