On a Cornelian Heart Which Was Broken
Ill-fated Heart! And can it be,
That thou should’st thus be rent in vain?
Have years of care for thine and thee
Alike been all employ’d in vain?
Yet precious seems each shatter’d part
And every fragment dearer grown
Since he who wears thee feels thou art
A fitter emblem of his own.
March 16, 1812