Coventry Patmore Poems
- Departure It was not like your great and gracious ways! Do ...
- The Toys My little Son, who look'd from thoughtful eyes And...
- Love's Reality I walk, I trust, with open eyes; I've ...
- Magna Est Veritas Here, in this little Bay, Full of ...
- A London Fête All night fell hammers, shock on shock; With ...
- A Farewell With all my will, but much against my heart, We ...
- The Married Lover Why, having won her, do I woo? Because ...
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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It was not like your great and gracious ways!
Do you, that have naught other to lament,
Never, my Love, repent
Of how, that July afternoon,
With sudden, unintelligible phrase,
And frighten'd eye,
Upon your journey of so many days
Without a single kiss, or a good-bye?
I knew, indeed, that you were parting soon;
And so we sate, within the low sun's rays,
You whispering to me, for your voice was weak,
Your harrowing praise.
Well, it was well
To hear you such things speak,
And I could tell
What made your eyes a growing gloom ...