A Broken Friendship Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A Broken Friendship

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Alas! they had been friends in youth;
But whispering tongues can poison truth;
And constancy lives in realms above;
And life is thorny; and youth is vain;
And to be wroth with one we love,
Doth work like madness in the brain.
And thus is chanced, as I divine,
With Roland and Sir Leoline.
Each spake words of high disdain
And insult to his heart's best brother:
They parted - ne'er to meet again!
But never either found another
To free the hollow heart from painting -
They stood aloof, the scars remaining,
Like cliffs which had been rent asunder;
A dreary see now flows between; -
But neither heat, nor frost, nor thunder
Shall wholly do away, I ween,
The marks of that which once hath been

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: friendship
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Solomon Senxer 12 September 2019

They stood aloof, the scars remaining, Like cliffs which had been rent asunder; A dreary see now flows between; - But neither heat, nor frost, nor thunder Shall wholly do away, I ween, The marks of that which once hath been sad.. sad.. sad!

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Dr Antony Theodore 16 August 2019

whispering tongues can poison truth; And constancy lives in realms above; And life is thorny; and youth is vain; What a great realization.. tony

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Leku Brain 21 January 2018

Wonderful poem. So enriching

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Bhargabi Dei Mahakul 09 December 2014

Shall wholly do away, I ween, The marks of that which once hath been... Very wonderful presentation of broken friendship grief and joy of words within. This is highly appreciated. Beautiful and ever green.

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