William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

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Love's Secret

Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind does move
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  • Rookie C D (9/1/2009 11:29:00 PM)

    from Poems from MSS.

    never seek to tell thy love
    love that never told can be;
    for the gentle wind does move
    silently, invisibly.

    i told my love, i told my love,
    i told her all my heart,
    trembling, cold, in ghastly fears-
    ah, she doth depart.

    soon as she was gone from me
    a traveller came by
    silently, invisibly-
    o, was no deny.

    I laid me down upon a bank
    where love lay sleeping.
    i heard among the rushes dank
    weeping, weeping

    i asked a theif to steal me a peach:
    he turn'd up his eyes.
    I ask'd a lithe lady to lie her down:
    holy and meek she cries.

    As soon as I went an angel came:
    He wink'd at the theif
    andsmil'd at the dame,
    and without one word spoke
    had a peach from the tree,
    and 'twixt earnest and joke
    enjoy'd the lady.

    love to faults is always blind,
    always is to joy inclin'd,
    lawless, wing'd, and unconfin'd,
    and breaks all chains from every mind.

    Deceit to secresy confin'd,
    lawful, cautious, and refin'd,
    to every thing but intrest blind,
    and forges fetters for the mind.

    abstinence sows sand all over
    the ruddy limbs and flaming hair,
    but Desire Gratified
    plants fruits of life and beauty there.

    quoted from 'The Viking Book of Poetry of the English speaking world' volume 1'- pg 619 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 13 Points Ravi A (8/5/2009 1:27:00 PM)

    This is the secret of love. Love need not be told in so many words. Sometimes we may miss the ticket but love can act silently.Today's generation has to take a leaf out of this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hazel Hale (8/5/2009 10:44:00 AM)

    i can really relate to this and i wish my lover would do this for me great poem 10+ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (8/5/2009 5:43:00 AM)

    For me Blake stands alongside Shakespeare as the two greatest poets in the English language. His poetry is like spell that summons up from a few words a whole world. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cecilia Crowson (8/5/2009 5:34:00 AM)

    I think the word is succinct, his ability to express such a complex aspect of the human condition so simply and hit the spot is incredible.wish I could (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Harmon (8/5/2009 12:23:00 AM)

    Reminds me of a poem written much later by Yeats-'Never Give All The Heart', which is also here on PH. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 64 Points Ed Morris (10/21/2007 5:47:00 PM)

    This poem is one of the all-time greats. In fact, I wrote a poem about it:
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/blake-s-mistake/ (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,020 Points Peter Stavropoulos (8/5/2007 6:42:00 AM)

    Never tell her of your love let her find out for herself. Blake says it well. Sounds like words that come from experience. He's right. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points David Mitchell (11/5/2005 2:41:00 PM)

    I love this poem and I know it by heart. 'Does' in the third line should read 'doth'; 'as' in the ninth line should read 'after'. (Report) Reply

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