James Brunton Stephens

(17 June 1835 – 29 June 1902 / Borrowstounness, on the Firth of Forth, Scotland;)

Had I But Known - Poem by James Brunton Stephens

I loved thee! Ah, those vows of love,
So fondly made, so soon unmade!
I trusted thee all men above—
Ah, fatal trust, so soon betrayed.
A dream that wore the face of truth
Was what I loved. The dream has flown.
All, all I've lost, faith, hope and love,
Had I but known! Had I but known!

Thou weepest. Would that I could shed
A tear for either joy or grief!
But from the heart grown cold and dead
There springs no fountain of relief.
Now all my life is tearless pain,
My hope forgetfulness alone,
And all my speech the one refrain—
Had I but known! Had I but known!


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  • Veteran Poet - 1,791 Points John Mccullagh (3/3/2010 7:02:00 AM)

    While the language is a tad archaic in spots, I think overall you did a good job with this material. It was worth reading. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 3, 2010



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