Learn More

George Gordon Byron

(22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824 / London, England)

When Coldness Wraps This Suffering Clay


When coldness wraps this suffering clay,
Ah! whither strays the immortal mind?
It cannot die, it cannot stay,
But leaves its darken'd dust behind.
Then, unembodied, doth it trace
By steps each planet's heavenly way?
Or fill at once the realms of space,
A thing of eyes, that all survey?

Eternal, boundless, undecay'd,
A thought unseen, but seeing all,
All, all in earth or skies display'd,
Shall it survey, shall it recall:
Each fainter trace that memory holds
So darkly of departed years,
In one broad glance the soul beholds,
And all, that was, at once appears.

Before Creation peopled earth,
Its eye shall roll through chaos back;
And where the farthest heaven had birth,
The spirit trace its rising track.
And where the future mars or makes,
Its glance dilate o'er all to be,
While sun is quench'd or system breaks,
Fix'd in its own eternity.

Above or Love, Hope, Hate, or Fear,
It lives all passionless and pure:
An age shall fleet like earthly year;
Its years as moments shall endure.
Away, away, without a wing,
O'er all, through all, its thought shall fly,
A nameless and eternal thing,
Forgetting what it was to die.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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

Read poems about / on: birth, future, memory, hate, fear, heaven, hope, sun, rose, sky

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 (When Coldness Wraps This Suffering Clay by George Gordon Byron )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. Christmas Trees, Robert Frost
  6. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  7. A Visit from St. Nicholas, Clement Clarke Moore
  8. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  9. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda

Poem of the Day

poet Li Po

Amongst the flowers I
am alone with my pot of wine
drinking by myself; then lifting
my cup I asked the moon
to drink with me, its reflection
and mine in the wine cup, just
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

poet Marvin Brato Sr

New Poems

  1. How Do They Play The Wooden 'Been' Instr.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  2. Dogs' country, Daisy Pereira
  3. Pestle and Mortar, Francie Lynch
  4. I must strike, gajanan mishra
  5. Yaadein...Your Memories, Nalini Jyotsana Chaturvedi
  6. Religion, gajanan mishra
  7. gentle thief, Bull Hawking
  8. Xmas comes, Kumarmani Mahakul
  9. Surroundings-42, Indira Renganathan
  10. Courage, Leong Ming Loong
[Hata Bildir]