Henry Francis Lyte

(1 June 1793 - 20 November 1847 / Scotland)

A Lost Love

Poem by Henry Francis Lyte

I meet thy pensive, moonlight face;
Thy thrilling voice I hear;
And former hours and scenes retrace,
Too fleeting, and too dear!

Then sighs and tears flow fast and free,
Though none is nigh to share;
And life has nought beside for me
So sweet as this despair.

There are crush'd hearts that will not break;
And mine, methinks, is one;
Or thus I should not weep and wake,
And thou to slumber gone.

I little thought it thus could be
In days more sad and fair
That earth could have a place for me,
And thou no longer there.

Yet death cannot our hearts divide,
Or make thee less my own:
Twere sweeter sleeping at thy side
Than watching here alone.

Yet never, never can we part,
While Memory holds her reign:
Thine, thine is still this wither'd heart,
Till we shall meet again.


Comments about A Lost Love by Henry Francis Lyte

  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/13/2019 1:56:00 AM)

    I little thought it thus could be
    In days more sad and fair
    That earth could have a place for me,
    And thou no longer there.

    such a great poem; great rate 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (6/30/2017 3:18:00 PM)

    I little thought it thus could be
    In days more sad and fair
    That earth could have a place for me,
    And thou no longer there.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The heartache underlying these 4 lines reaches out and grabs me... reminding me we are all prone to this ending. I think I will read more of his poems(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (6/30/2017 10:12:00 AM)

    Wonderful poetry on love. There is nothing more sublime than a pure love that flows so thick in the lines of this poem. Simply amazing.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/30/2017 9:21:00 AM)

    While memory holds her reign! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Abdulkarim ModiyaAbdulkarim Modiya (6/30/2017 5:11:00 AM)

    Wow! ! Nice and romantic love poem, i love it(Report)Reply

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  • Theodore Andrews (6/30/2017 3:42:00 AM)

    Twere sweeter sleeping at thy side, than watching here alone. - I love this! ! ! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (6/30/2017 3:32:00 AM)

    A love lost in this world may be like paradise lost, but in the other world surely paradise will be regained indeed according to this poet! For, love never dies!(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (6/30/2017 2:31:00 AM)

    Reminds me of the song LOST IN LOVE popularized by AIR SUPPLY... Thanks for posting.....(Report)Reply

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  • Alexander JulianAlexander Julian (6/30/2017 2:25:00 AM)

    Is a moonlight face happy? There are two hearts here with knowledge of authority.(Report)Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (6/30/2017 1:23:00 AM)

    A poem that flows like a river, smooth and tender.
    Lost love, but the hearts are bonded with a hope to meet again.
    Yet never, never can we part,
    While Memory holds her reign:
    Thine, thine is still this wither'd heart,
    Till we shall meet again.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (6/30/2017 1:01:00 AM)

    So nice and delightful. Touching expression. A poem devoted to the eternal bonding of lovers.
    Yet death cannot our hearts divide,
    Or make thee less my own:
    Thine, thine is still this wither'd heart,
    Till we shall meet again.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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