George Gordon Byron

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

When We Two Parted


When we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow--
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame;
I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame.

They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shrudder comes o'er me--
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee so well--
Long, long I shall rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.

In secret we met--
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?--
With silence and tears.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Freshman - 611 Points Bharati Nayak (3/10/2015 1:05:00 PM)

    After long years
    How shall I greet thee? -
    In silence or in tears-This is the perennial question all the lovers ask if they are separated for long years.A beautiful piece of poem. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 611 Points Bharati Nayak (3/10/2015 1:04:00 PM)

    After long years
    How shall I greet thee? -
    In silence or in tears-This is the perennial question all the lovers ask if they are separated for long years.A beautiful piece of poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 7 Points Sylva Portoian (6/4/2012 5:25:00 AM)

    When we two parted
    In silence and tears,
    Half broken-hearted
    To sever for years,

    To be part and depart
    Is part of our life...
    and every once life...
    Real passionate poem from Byron...! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dennis that Menace (7/29/2011 2:23:00 PM)

    What is more perfect? the fact that he believed he wrote this........or how actually happend to him. (Report) Reply

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