Sidney Lanier

(1842-1881 / Macon / Georgia)

A Song Of Eternity In Time - Poem by Sidney Lanier

Once, at night, in the manor wood
My Love and I long silent stood,
Amazed that any heavens could
Decree to part us, bitterly repining.
My Love, in aimless love and grief,
Reached forth and drew aside a leaf
That just above us played the thief
And stole our starlight that for us was shining.

A star that had remarked her pain
Shone straightway down that leafy lane,
And wrought his image, mirror-plain,
Within a tear that on her lash hung gleaming.
"Thus Time," I cried, "is but a tear
Some one hath wept 'twixt hope and fear,
Yet in his little lucent sphere
Our star of stars, Eternity, is beaming."

Comments about A Song Of Eternity In Time by Sidney Lanier

  • Amar Agarwala (3/17/2017 7:43:00 PM)

    The poet has been conscious of his rhyme, rhythm and meter... and his verses of magic add that classical master's touch. Beautiful! (Report) Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (3/17/2017 3:17:00 PM)

    Beautiful and moving. Time is but a tear...... (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (3/17/2017 1:03:00 PM)

    Yet in his little lucent sphere
    Our star of stars, Eternity, is beaming........................... Excellent.
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  • Paul Amrod (3/17/2017 10:20:00 AM)

    This poem is a very moving and remorseful tune. The senselessness of having, for whatever reason, to depart as lovers. Sidney has always been able to move emotions very well, Paul (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (3/17/2017 9:12:00 AM)

    A beauty! ! A lonely starry night and lovers enjoying the time. With a nice flow it gives a feeling of goodness. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (3/17/2017 6:23:00 AM)

    a stunning poem of a moment of time beautifully expressed? (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/17/2017 2:25:00 AM)

    Leafy lane...... thanks for sharing.... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/17/2017 1:51:00 AM)

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

  • (9/14/2014 5:30:00 PM)

    beautiful nicely written and rhymed.. (Report) Reply

  • (9/14/2014 5:15:00 PM)

    And this is just beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Michael Hagwood (9/14/2014 11:24:00 AM)

    I hope the longer I subit my poems.I'll strat to
    see comments about my poems.
    (Report) Reply

  • Soulful Heart (9/14/2014 11:19:00 AM)

    beauty of metaphoric imagery thru the bubble of transient time of life like a tear.....stars of eternity mocking yet beaming at the hope that keeps the world gping on...... (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/14/2014 12:32:00 AM)

    A Song Of Eternity In Time is so beautiful with its symbolism lovely (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/29/2014 4:42:00 AM)

    I like this poem, it's quite good (Report) Reply

  • (9/14/2013 10:29:00 AM)

    beautiful rhyming and very good rhythm. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (9/14/2012 9:42:00 AM)

    I suppose twee nonsense is about it. The idea that a star' s mirror image would appear in a tear is a leeettle too much to believe - even if it had marked her pain! (Report) Reply

    Michael Hagwood Michael Hagwood (9/14/2014 11:29:00 AM)

    The water of a tear is enough too reflect star light

  • (9/14/2011 4:33:00 PM)

    It is so sad and beautiful at the sametime. Would be a good deep emotional poem for those who like poems with emotions. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (9/14/2011 4:00:00 PM)

    Nature consoles whoever seeks it bosom grief stricken in life! The touching expression of the poem reveals the clear state of poet. Musing over Nature in loneliness what he has expressed in this poem is touching the heart of readers too! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (9/14/2009 5:53:00 AM)

    This is prosodically a beautiful poem, but I am not sure how 'eternity' assuages the grief of real parting. Is 'the starlight' better than 'our starlight'? (Report) Reply

  • (9/14/2008 4:53:00 AM)

    Sidney, wherever you are reincarnated (or perhaps no longer by body encumbered)
    God bless you for the beauty you spread.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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