Thomas Hood

(1789-1845 / London / England)

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I Remember, I Remember


I Remember, I Remember

I remember, I remember
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon
Nor brought too long a day;
But now, I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away.

I remember, I remember
The roses red and white,
The violets and the lily cups--
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday,--
The tree is living yet!

I remember, I remember
Where I was used to swing,
And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;
My spirit flew in feathers then
That is so heavy now,
The summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow.

I remember, I remember
The fir-trees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky:
It was a childish ignorance,
But now 'tis little joy
To know I'm farther off from Heaven
Than when I was a boy.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Maureen Spratt (2/8/2014 4:01:00 PM)

    those first four words are the climax of the poem of the life so quickly fading and the sad recall of blissfull childhood days so sad and the end is so upsetting beautifully written very movingxx I went to visit the place where I was born today and found myself saying the opening line as we drove away from the place so ihad to mention it I was born in a former baronial mansion which can still be visited today it was a nursing maternity home called OVERTOUN HOUSE (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (8/18/2013 4:52:00 AM)

    i read this poem on a wrong day for me, but it does not affect the fact that it is beautiful...! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Clive Woods (11/24/2012 3:30:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem. It reminds me of the house where I was born. Holihocks reaching up to my bedroom window in Church Lane, Kelsale near Saxmundham. (Report) Reply

  • Bryan Baker (3/6/2012 9:21:00 PM)

    Each stanza of the poem contrasts innocence with experience, the lost world of childhood, idealized by memory, with an adult world marked by regrets and a sense of loss, the latter most poignantly symbolized by the brother who, unlike the tree he planted on his birthday when a boy, is no longer living. Lovers of great poetry are likely to dismiss the poem for its childlike quality, but it remains highly popular with the average reader, partly I think for the plaintive, wistful air of the repeated I remember as well as for the nostalgia the poem evokes for the reader`s own childhood. (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (8/18/2011 3:15:00 PM)

    He can't accept your compliment Gordon, he's been dead 166 years, put yours up, I am sure it will be good. (Report) Reply

  • Donato Egli (10/18/2007 6:00:00 PM)

    Have you ever listen to Eunan McIntyre's song with the words of this poem? You can listen a part of this song on www.eunan-mcintyre.ch, there go to music. (Report) Reply

  • Ida Werrett (8/18/2007 2:07:00 AM)

    I love this poem. It reveals the thoughts of someone who has lived and suffered. (Report) Reply

  • Sara Luna (6/15/2006 6:00:00 AM)

    this is a great poem by hood. he remembers his childhood; it`s a world of innocence & purity in comparison with the world we are living, it is very applicable to all ages. i like it so much. (Report) Reply

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