Edith Nesbit

(15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924 / Kennington / Surrey / England)

A Parting Ii - Poem by Edith Nesbit

I WILL not wake you, dear; no tears shall creep
To chill the still bed where you lie asleep;
No cry, no word, shall break the sanctity
Of the great silence where God lets you lie.
I will not tease your grave with flower or stone;
You are tired, my heart; you shall be left alone.
And even the kisses that my lips must lay
Upon the mould of the triumphant clay
Shall be so soft--like those a mother lays
Upon her sleeping baby's little face--
You will not feel my kisses, will not hear;
You are tired: sleep on, I will not wake you, dear!
But when the good day comes, you will hear me cry,
'Ah, make a little place where I can lie!'
And half awakened, you will feel me creep
Into the folds of your familiar sleep,
And draw them round us, with a tender moan,
'How could you let me sleep so long alone?'


Comments about A Parting Ii by Edith Nesbit

  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/4/2018 10:43:00 PM)

    mastermind writing-

    I will not tease your grave with flower or stone;
    You are tired, my heart; you shall be left alone.
    ...
    But when the good day comes, you will hear me cry,
    'Ah, make a little place where I can lie! '

    /// Excellent writing on the parting of soul
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  • Susan Williams (8/4/2018 6:12:00 PM)

    A 2.9 rating? ? ? Maybe somebody burgled the voting box and stole righteous ballots... (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (8/4/2018 6:05:00 PM)

    Tore my heart apart. This is poetry- -the apex of literature. Would that I could write this well- -or even half this well. On my fav lists for both poem and poet (Report)Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (8/4/2018 10:55:00 AM)

    Death of a loved one is a most difficult thing to deal with. Poetess here dealt with it so beautifully in this poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (8/4/2018 10:16:00 AM)

    'How could you let me sleep so long alone? ' a beautiful poem.. tony (Report)Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (8/4/2018 7:47:00 AM)

    This is lovely and tender. And as credit to the craft of it, nothing interferes with us taking in, feeling, these things.
    -GK
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/4/2018 7:29:00 AM)

    A very beautiful poem for one you love the most and lost.
    ''Ah, make a little place where I can lie! '
    And half awakened, you will feel me creep
    Into the folds of your familiar sleep,
    And draw them round us, with a tender moan,
    'How could you let me sleep so long alone? '..is so emotive. To make a place by his side to lie. Great poetry indeed.10+++++++
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/4/2018 7:22:00 AM)

    And draw them round us, with a tender moan,
    'How could you let me sleep so long alone? '..........so touching. Quite mourning. Beautiful poem.10
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (8/4/2018 4:44:00 AM)

    Congratulations too to her family in England and throughout the world. A very emotive poetess for sure, thinking of the decennia she lived in. A 10 and much much more for the voting. (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (8/4/2018 4:37:00 AM)

    A Classic poem most tragic. I cannot say differently after having read for the second time. My first sight was a darkest view and that has not lightened after dew, so very pity for this poetess, she is mourning still in her real life at the time she was alive, she was left by her loved one, her bedmate. Congratulations as Classic Poem Of The Day! (Report)Reply

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  • Ruta Mohapatra (8/4/2018 4:37:00 AM)

    'No cry, no word, shall break the sanctity
    Of the great silence where God lets you lie'.......Poignant! A sad goodbye, a quiet mourning!
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  • Adrian Flett (8/4/2018 4:32:00 AM)

    The poem has good thoughts that are a little overstated for the modern ear (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 19, 2010



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