Thomas Hood

(1789-1845 / London / England)

Past and Present


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 bought 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 throught the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;
My spirit flew in feathers then
That is so heavy now,
And summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow.

I remember, I remember
The fir frees 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: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Raj Nandy (2/17/2010 11:40:00 PM)

    Well Mr Spurr, or whoever you are,
    by trying to rate Thomas Hood -
    you have gone rather far!
    FOR THESE ARE CLASSICAL POETS, MEANT TO BE APPRECIATED, AND
    NOT TO BE RATED - BY LESSER MORTALS LIKE US! I AM A STUDENT OF ENGLISH LITERATURE MYSELF, BUT WILL NOT DARE TO GRADE, SIMPLY TO PROVE MY IMMATURITY OR MY IGNORANCE! (Report) Reply

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