George Gordon Byron

(1788 - 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
Sank 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 in mine ear;
A shudder come o'er me -
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee too well: -
Long, long shall I 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: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Malgorzata Mika (7/27/2007 5:34:00 AM)

    It is a very beautiful, touching poem which loving message cannot be faded by time. Although I receited it many times, it still has a powerful influence on me. I've never thought that an ancient and a little bit forgotten poem can evoke so much feelings and emotions in people even today. I must admit that thanks to this poem I started writing poetry in English :) . I hope I will be able to show some of my verses soon :) (Report) Reply

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