Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

A Broken Friendship - Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Topic(s) of this poem: friendship


Comments about A Broken Friendship by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • Solomon Senxer (9/12/2019 2:59:00 AM)

    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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  • Drtony Brahmin (8/16/2019 3:26:00 AM)

    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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  • (1/21/2018 8:56:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem. So enriching (Report)Reply

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  • Bhargabi Dei Mahakul (12/9/2014 4:11:00 AM)

    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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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 9, 2014



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