Charles Kingsley

(12 June 1819 – 23 January 1875 / Devon, England)

A Farewell - Poem by Charles Kingsley


My fairest child, I have no song to give you;
No lark could pipe to skies so dull and grey:
Yet, ere we part, one lesson I can leave you
For every day.


Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever;
Do noble things, not dream them, all day long:
And so make life, death, and that vast for-ever
One grand, sweet song.

Topic(s) of this poem: farewell

Comments about A Farewell by Charles Kingsley

  • (4/22/2018 9:42:00 PM)

    In 1967 as I left for college my mom quoted two lines from this...I searched now and have tears... (Report) Reply

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  • (3/11/2018 2:50:00 PM)

    My mum used to recite this to my sister and me as we headed off to school every morning. Now I recite it to my daughter. (Report) Reply

  • Amar Agarwala (2/25/2017 6:44:00 PM)

    I find this poem more of an elegy... sweet and short. (Report) Reply

  • Ranak Zaman (2/25/2017 6:30:00 AM)

    beautiful poem. I liked it. thank you. (Report) Reply

  • (2/25/2017 5:48:00 AM)

    a beautifully given advice poem? rings true to day! (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (2/25/2017 4:34:00 AM)

    A good advice from a good father...but it stirs one's heart as it sounds dolorous too....a touching poem (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/25/2017 1:45:00 AM)

    Sweet maid! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/25/2017 12:54:00 AM)

    One lesson i can give you.... thanks for sharing... (Report) Reply

  • (2/24/2016 2:40:00 PM)

    Never mind your wishes
    Just go and wash the dishes
    (Don't know how to correct the errors this iPad insists upon making)
    (Report) Reply

  • (2/24/2016 2:35:00 PM)

    Let me defend the dreamer. For me this is a poem counsel of despair:
    (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/16/2016 2:36:00 PM)

    Sweet song, indeed....enjoyed your farewell note, (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (12/18/2015 1:49:00 PM)

    The greatest wish a father could have for his child- that the child live his morals not merely mouth them (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (12/18/2015 11:11:00 AM)

    In a very simple yet lovely style the poet has put across the message of Christmas in this poem.
    Do noble things, not dream them, all day long:
    And so make life..... One grand, sweet song.
    (Report) Reply

  • Sossi Khachadourian (12/14/2014 12:09:00 PM)

    Do noble things, not dream them, all day long:
    How kind words and precious advice!
    (Report) Reply

  • (12/14/2014 9:48:00 AM)

    A great message for doing good things and likes the poem. (Report) Reply

  • (12/14/2014 12:27:00 AM)

    I agree with the part on doing good being a great song.......but don't we have to dream good things in order to do good things.... (Report) Reply

  • (12/14/2014 12:23:00 AM)

    Maybe I'm misreading this......the first part contains an insult to the object of the poem....a person he seems to be comparing to gray dull skies.......then toward the end an insult to poets in general.....who are often said to be dreamers.....who are of no earthly me (Report) Reply

  • Abdelrahman Elawad (12/14/2012 2:38:00 PM)

    Nice poem.. It is wonderful.. I liked it... (Report) Reply

  • Abdelrahman Elawad (12/14/2012 2:36:00 PM)

    Nice poem.. it is wonderful.. I liked it... (Report) Reply

  • (12/14/2011 12:47:00 PM)

    poet wonderfully sums up most things in minimum context.. good one (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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