Archibald Lampman

(17 November 1861 - 10 February 1899 / Morpeth, Ontario)

A Song - Poem by Archibald Lampman

Oh night and sleep,
Ye are so soft and deep,
I am so weary, come ye soon to me.
Oh hours that creep,
With so much time to weep,
I am so tired, can ye no swifter be?

Come, night, anear;
I'll whisper in thine ear
What makes me so unhappy, full of care;
Dear night, I die
For love that all men buy
With tears, and know not it is dark despair.

Dear night, I pray,
How is it that men say
That love is sweet? It is not sweet to me.
For one boy's sake
A poor girl's heart must break;
So sweet, so true, and yet it could not be!

Oh, I loved well,
Such love as none can tell:
It was so true, it could not make him know:
For he was blind,
All light and all unkind:
Oh, had he known, would he have hurt me so?

Oh night and sleep,
Ye are so soft and deep,
I am so weary, come ye soon to me.
Oh hours that creep,
With so much time to weep,
I am so tired, can ye no swifter be?


Comments about A Song by Archibald Lampman

  • Savita Tyagi (9/14/2018 8:39:00 PM)


    So beautiful and poetic. Without sleep night is a curse and without love life is empty. (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Fiadh Fida (9/14/2018 3:35:00 PM)


    A very nice song indeed, ...... (Report) Reply

  • Chandan Dey (9/14/2018 1:25:00 PM)


    Like time love is also deceptive. It sometimes gives us bliss and makes us happy, sometimes produces emptiness in us and makes us cry. But, the emptiness is the source of our energy of Love. The poem searches that energy through the void space of mind. Thanks PH for posting this poem.

    Chandan
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/14/2018 8:20:00 AM)


    Night! !

    Soft and deep!

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

  • Anil Kumar Panda (9/14/2018 7:14:00 AM)


    'For he was blind,
    All light and all unkind:
    Oh, had he known, would he have hurt me so? '..is really so sad. A very nice poem on lost love. Loved it.
    (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (9/14/2018 4:46:00 AM)


    Lost and broken love that is portrayed in a light, almost superficial, way. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (9/14/2018 2:41:00 AM)


    Such a great poem by Archibald Lampman......................... (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (9/14/2018 2:05:00 AM)


    A well craftef song of sad love by archibald. (Report) Reply

    Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/14/2018 3:31:00 AM)

    Yes it is sad poem complaining abt. love

  • Mahtab Bangalee (9/14/2018 1:13:00 AM)


    O' Night
    come, come with my beloved
    Let your darkness grasp and grip me full with love
    Let me love with belongs to my beloved
    (Report) Reply

Read all 10 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?



Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 8, 2010



Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  9. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
[Report Error]