Learn More

James Hogg

(1770 – 21 November 1835 / Ettrick, Scotland)

The Father's Lament


How can you bid this heart be blithe,
When blithe this heart can never be?
I've lost the jewel from my crown -
Look round our circle, and you'll see
That there is ane out o' the ring
Who never can forgotten be -
Ay, there's a blank at my right hand,
That ne'er can be made up to me!

'Tis said, as water wears the rock,
That time wears out the deepest line;
It may be true wi' hearts enow,
But never can apply to mine.
For I have learn'd to know and feel -
Though losses should forgotten be -
That still the blank at my right hand
Can never be made up to me!

I blame not Providence's sway,
For I have many joys beside;
And fain would I in grateful way
Enjoy the same, whate'er betide.
A mortal thing should ne'er repine,
But stoop to supreme decree;
Yet oh! the blank at my right hand
Can never be made up to me.

Submitted: Thursday, April 22, 2010

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

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 (The Father's Lament by James Hogg )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Sciences Take xx xxx xx Original .., Lee Mack
  4. Christmas Trees, Robert Frost
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Christmas Carol, Sara Teasdale
  10. Ring Out , Wild Bells, Alfred Lord Tennyson

Poem of the Day

poet Christina Georgina Rossetti

Go from me, summer friends, and tarry not:
I am no summer friend, but wintry cold,
A silly sheep benighted from the fold,
A sluggard with a thorn-choked garden plot.
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Beyond The Ordinary, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  2. the comical dilemma with commas, Bull Hawking
  3. Hitler: A Life Immersed in Hypocrisy, Paul Hartal
  4. Creative Interests, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  5. Villanelle: No curse worse than the plac.., T (no first name) Wignesan
  6. Sense Of Fulfillment, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  7. here workin' for hugs on Christmas eve, Bull Hawking
  8. Poetry of the Stars, Shahrokh Sharifrazy
  9. The Song of Krishna, Shahrokh Sharifrazy
  10. My Christmas Wishes, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
[Hata Bildir]