Coventry Patmore Poems
- Love's Reality I walk, I trust, with open eyes; I've ...
- Departure It was not like your great and gracious ways! Do ...
- The Toys My little Son, who look'd from thoughtful eyes And...
- Magna Est Veritas Here, in this little Bay, Full of ...
- A London Fête All night fell hammers, shock on shock; With ...
- The Married Lover Why, having won her, do I woo? Because ...
- A Farewell With all my will, but much against my heart, We ...
Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore was an English poet and critic best known for The Angel in the House, his narrative poem about an ideal happy marriage.
The eldest son of author Peter George Patmore, Coventry Patmore was born at Woodford in Essex and was privately educated. He was his father's intimate and constant companion and inherited from him his early literary enthusiasm. It was Coventry's ambition to become an artist. He showed much promise, earning the silver palette of the Society of Arts in 1838. In 1839 he was sent to school in France for six months, where he began to write poetry. On his return, his father planned to publish some of ... more »
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I walk, I trust, with open eyes;
I've travelled half my worldly course;
And in the way behind me lies
Much vanity and some remorse;
I've lived to feel how pride may part
Spirits, tho' matched like hand and glove;
I've blushed for love's abode, the heart;
But have not disbelieved in love;
Nor unto love, sole mortal thing
Or worth immortal, done the wrong
To count it, with the rest that sing,
Unworthy of a serious song;
And love is my reward: for now,
When most of dead'ning time complain,
The myrtle blooms upon my brow,
Its odour ...