Treasure Island

Matthew Arnold

(1822-1888 / Middlesex / England)

East London


'Twas August, and the fierce sun overhead
Smote on the squalid streets of Bethnal Green,
And the pale weaver, through his windows seen
In Spitalfields, looked thrice dispirited.
I met a preacher there I knew, and said:
"Ill and o'erworked, how fare you in this scene?" -
"Bravely!" said he; "for I of late have been
Much cheered with thoughts of Christ, the living bread."
O human soul! as long as thou canst so
Set up a mark of everlasting light,
Above the howling senses' ebb and flow,
To cheer thee, and to right thee if thou roam -
Not with lost toil thou labourest through the night!
Thou mak'st the heaven thou hop'st indeed thy home.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: august, green, heaven, lost, home, london, sun, light, night, howl

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (East London by Matthew Arnold )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Beauty of The Wolf, Kaylin Garrett
  2. There, Barbara Dixion
  3. Humpty-Dumpty, Kumarmani Mahakul
  4. Of Life Is Change, Is It Poetry
  5. Chicken Burger, Angela Wybrow
  6. Take me home, Barbara Dixion
  7. How...?, Ginny Gibbs
  8. gustakhi karke ched gyin uski aankhein, Yashvardhan Goel
  9. mukda, Yashvardhan Goel
  10. No More Yelling, Michael McParland

Poem of the Day

poet Walt Whitman

ARM’D year! year of the struggle!
No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year!
Not you as some pale poetling, seated at a desk, lisping cadenzas
piano;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]